Jan 24,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  What One District Did to Prevent Students From Failing.  Walking During the Coronavirus Pandemic - The New York Times.  Opinion | Is There a Small Business That’s Special to You?.  Nepalis Reach K2 Summit, a First in Winter - The New York Times.  Opinion | Hola, President Biden. Latin America Has a Message for You..  Opinion | America Has a GPS Problem.  Sundance 2021 makes it official: The weirdest movie year ever isn’t even a year.  Capitals win home opener in shootout, but loss of Tom Wilson could sting.  It’s 2021. Can we remake our plans yet?.  Bruce Arians is known for ‘letting players play.’ For the Bucs, it has been the right approach..  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Opinion | Will Hurd: If the GOP wants a future, it must look in the mirror.  Barry Goldwater was my grandfather. Today’s GOP would have to censure him, too..  New Biden plan provides critical support for food assistance, both during the pandemic and after - The Washington Post.  Buffalo Bills fans have the team in their blood.  Duke and North Carolina both could miss the NCAA tournament.  Trump will get his portrait. It’s our duty not to forget how his presidency really looked..  Biden's legislative agenda may be mired by impeachment.  Larry King dies at 87: Remembering the TV legend’s life on the air.  Simone Biles: ‘Hopefully the Olympics can still be put on’.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell surprises health care workers with Super Bowl tickets.  
What One District Did to Prevent Students From Failing
       
“My mom would tell me to go do it, and I would just go in my room and watch TikTok on my phone,” she said. By the end of the first grading period in September, 77 percent of the district’s remote high school students were failing at least one class. Those who opted to attend in person, by contrast, were mostly passing. To district officials, that was evidence that remote education last spring had set students back. And those who remained remote at the start of the fall semester struggled to catch up.
Walking During the Coronavirus Pandemic - The New York Times
       
I’m wearing a polyurethane laminate jacket over a fluid-resistant surgical gown over a Kevlar vest, all of which is covered by a high-visibility orange safety parka. Public restrooms off limits, I’m wearing a disposable absorbent undergarment beneath thermal underwear, beneath flame-resistant Carhartt overhauls. No making a show of not making eye contact. No avoiding demonstrations if my walk becomes entangled with any of dozens of protests, all worthwhile though separate from my traipse. I’ve packed cardboard signs, one for every cause, both pro and con, should I have to camouflage myself into a particular picket line.
Opinion | Is There a Small Business That’s Special to You?
       
This has been a challenging time for small businesses. The pandemic has forced a lot of owners to close down their physical storefronts, and it’s unclear how many businesses will survive the coming months. But through it all, plenty of patrons have been more devoted than ever to supporting their local businesses. Has a local business made a positive impact on your life, or even just your year? We are asking readers to send in stories about their favorite small business owners and workers for an upcoming article.
Nepalis Reach K2 Summit, a First in Winter - The New York Times
       
It wasn’t until all of the 8,000-meter peaks were climbed that anyone seriously attempted one in the brutal cold of winter. While mountaineers from wealthy Western nations were busy planting their flags on the world’s highest peaks, hardscrabble Polish alpinists were locked behind the Iron Curtain. Like the Poles, the Nepali mountaineering community has dealt with more than its fair share of hardship. Like Lama and Tenzing Norgay, who with Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the top of Everest in 1953, Purja is a bit of an outsider. To accomplish the feat, Purja organized and funded a small cadre of Sherpa who took turns partnering with him on different mountains.
Opinion | Hola, President Biden. Latin America Has a Message for You.
       
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leftist, also tends to exploit the emotional bond with his followers to incite them against his critics and to discredit the press. Charismatic populist leaders like Mr. López Obrador and Mr. Bolsonaro — like, of course, Mr. Trump — rely on a politics of affect. To promote democracy south of the Rio Grande, Mr. Biden must first lead by example by re-establishing a functional democracy at home. Bridging the opportunity gap is an important step toward tackling rising social and racial gaps in the United States. This is what Mr. Biden said he wants to do, which is good, because the world is watching.
Opinion | America Has a GPS Problem
       
Coordinated Universal Time, or U.T.C., the global reference for timekeeping, is beamed down to us from extremely precise atomic clocks aboard Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. The time it takes for GPS signals to reach receivers is also used to calculate location for air, land and sea navigation. Owned and operated by the U.S. government, GPS is likely the least recognized, and least appreciated, part of our critical infrastructure. Indeed, most of our critical infrastructure would cease to function without it. And the satellites themselves could easily be taken out by hurtling space junk or the sun coughing up a fireball.
Sundance 2021 makes it official: The weirdest movie year ever isn’t even a year
       
Instead, following the lead of many festivals last year, Sundance 2021 will make the pandemic-era pivot to streaming, holding a pared-down virtual edition. Sundance 2021 will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person presentations. ADADPlenty of festivals last year made the shift to online relatively seamlessly, including AFI Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival. (When Spears came in 2003, her quote instantly became festival folklore: “Sundance is weird. “We have yet to know which films at Sundance will be films we pursue for Middleburg, and our Middleburg audience doesn’t know, either.
Capitals win home opener in shootout, but loss of Tom Wilson could sting
       
An extended absence by Wilson, who already has three goals and three assists through five games, would create another hurdle. It was a really good win, really good hard-fought win for us.”Friday’s win was Washington’s third shootout or overtime game — the previous two coming at Pittsburgh (a shootout loss and an overtime defeat). Carlson, who beat Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark with a five-hole wrist shot, accounted for the lone goal in the shootout. ADAnd while earning two points gave the Capitals a pinch of hope to start their six-game homestand, the attention remained on who wasn’t there. ADADCapitals rookie goaltender Vitek Vanecek made his third NHL start and recorded 24 saves in addition to his first NHL shootout win.
It’s 2021. Can we remake our plans yet?
       
There would be a lot of fear.”Now, as 2021 begins, “I feel like I’ve mourned this loss like a death,” she said. Early in the year, the pandemic disrupted all kinds of existing plans — weddings, graduation ceremonies, retirement parties, dream vacations, family reunions, holiday gatherings. With no definitive end in sight, the pandemic has made it difficult to make new plans — for gatherings, travel, big events. ADAnother reason people may feel adrift without plans is that planning helps you reach your goals, said E.J. Wu suggested to use this pause to reconsider your canceled or postponed plans, and get more intentional about those goals.
Bruce Arians is known for ‘letting players play.’ For the Bucs, it has been the right approach.
       
A closer look shows credit also belongs to Coach Bruce Arians. And it has been Arians who has molded his offense to fit Brady while facing plenty of questions about their compatibility. ADAD“He’s letting players play, adapting to the offense in their own way,” running back Ronald Jones II said. You have to respect that.”Jen Welter, who joined Arians’s coaching staff in Arizona, saw his psychology skills right away. Sports radio and social media gave Arians’s team a collective side-eye.
Opinion | Will Hurd: If the GOP wants a future, it must look in the mirror
       
ADADIf the party wants a future, the elected officials, pundits and activists who claim to be its members must stop peddling conspiracy theories and drive out those who continue to do so. They were radicalized through multiple platforms that sought to advance elected officials’ ambitions or the goals of foreign adversaries. ADADFurthermore, if you elevate a flag that has someone’s name on it to the same level that you elevate your national flag, then you are not a patriot; you are part of a cult. The GOP has a real opportunity to grow the party as Democrats lurch toward a far-left agenda that is out of touch with most Americans. A new GOP starts with us looking in the mirror and being honest with ourselves about what we believe.
Barry Goldwater was my grandfather. Today’s GOP would have to censure him, too.
       
But what might be a surprise to Arizona’s Republican Party, which appears not to know its history, is that party members are poised to censure a woman whose beliefs line up with the late Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater — Arizona’s “Mr. Goldwater — my beloved grandfather, whom we kids always called “Paka” — was the most conservative national figure in our lifetimes. He admired Americans such as Sen. John McCain who had served their country in uniform. My grandfather and President Biden served together in the Senate for more than a decade. And as someone devoted to individual liberty, he would recoil at the idea that Cindy McCain would face censure for supporting LGBT rights.
New Biden plan provides critical support for food assistance, both during the pandemic and after - The Washington Post
       
A second change would ask the Agriculture Department (USDA) to increase the value of food stamp allotments for the poorest families. The Trump administration had previously said these households, which represent about one-third of food stamp recipients, were not eligible for an “emergency” food stamp program Congress passed last spring. The Thrifty Food Plan is the USDA’s estimate of a minimum, nutritionally sufficient diet and it’s the basis for determining how much households get in food stamp benefits. This is part of the reason why food stamp benefits remain insufficient and roughly half of all households that receive food stamps are still considered food insecure. ADADThe 2018 farm bill instructed the Agriculture Department to reevaluate the Thrifty Food Plan by 2022.
Buffalo Bills fans have the team in their blood
       
Helen’s husband Wallace would watch the Bills, cold beer can in hand. But the Bills kept trying, just like my mother kept trying to get me healthy. ADADWhen he had a stroke and could no longer speak, I would head to his house, and we would watch the Bills together. The Bills run so deep in my high school friends’ blood, it’s like a mystical, shared DNA. I wear it happily and hold onto a tiny, plastic ’70s Buffalo Bills helmet for good luck.
Duke and North Carolina both could miss the NCAA tournament
       
Enter Duke and North Carolina, famously separated by 11 miles and owners of nine national titles between them in the last 30 years. Truth is, North Carolina (9-5, 4-3 ACC) hasn’t played poorly. North Carolina usually has two or three bigs who can dominate a game, and Armando Bacot, Garrison Brooks and Day’Ron Sharpe all have demonstrated that ability, just not a nightly basis. Like North Carolina, a young backcourt (freshmen Jeremy Roach and DJ Steward and sophomore Wendell Moore Jr. are leaned on heavily) has its good days and its shaky ones. The last time Duke and North Carolina both missed the tournament was 1974, when only eventual national champ N.C. State made it from the ACC.
Trump will get his portrait. It’s our duty not to forget how his presidency really looked.
       
Because of president number 45, it’s not safe to go to the National Portrait Gallery in person. And yet, despite all this, his portrait will one day hang in the hushed rooms of our National Portrait Gallery. But merely by virtue of having been a U.S. president, Trump’s image will be granted a permanent patina of respectability. If only the National Portrait Gallery could exhibit artifacts instead. Then the Trump presidency would look to future Americans the way it felt to live through it.
Biden's legislative agenda may be mired by impeachment
       
ADTwelve years later, the early days of Biden’s presidency may be consumed by a host of side issues that could delay his Cabinet appointments and, more importantly, any legislative victories. No issue has emerged as a bigger obstacle than the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. “If the impeachment articles come over Monday, the opportunity for President Biden to get a Cabinet in place is done until impeachment is done,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) ADBiden and some senators have discussed a “bifurcated” setup, doing legislation or nominations in the mornings, before the 1 p.m. mandate to start each day’s trial proceedings. The previous two presidential impeachment trials, of Bill Clinton in 1999 and of Trump in 2020, lasted five weeks and nearly three weeks, respectively.
Larry King dies at 87: Remembering the TV legend’s life on the air
       
Television legend Larry King has died at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles looks back at the decades he spent on air.
Simone Biles: ‘Hopefully the Olympics can still be put on’
       
With six months to go until the pandemic-related Tokyo Olympics and officials denying reports they could be canceled, gymnastics icon Simone Biles tells TODAY “we’re training ‘as if’ and whatever happens, happens … hopefully the Olympics can still be put on.” Asked whether 2021 could be her final Games, Biles says, “I just have to take it one day at a time and see how my body feels.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell surprises health care workers with Super Bowl tickets
       
Health care workers will be among the 22,000 fans in attendance at Super Bowl 55 when it is played in Tampa, Fla. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell surprised staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital over a Zoom meeting with tickets to the game.
Olympics officials insist Games will go on in 6 months as planned
       
With six months until the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, officials and organizers in Tokyo spoke out overnight, denying reports that the Games could be canceled. TODAY senior international correspondent Keir Simmons reports from London.
CVS and Walgreens to offer in-store Covid vaccinations
       
CVS and Walgreens have already been offering Covid-19 vaccines at long-term care centers in 49 states. NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk takes us inside one of two CVS locations kicking off what will be a nationwide effort.
U.K. Doctors Seek Review of Gap Between COVID Vaccine Doses
       
LONDON — A major British doctors’ group says the U.K. government should “urgently review” its decision to give people a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine up to 12 weeks after the first, rather than the shorter gap recommended by the manufacturer and the World Health Organization. The U.K., which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, adopted the policy in order to give as many people as possible a first dose of vaccine quickly. AstraZeneca has said it believes a first dose of its vaccine offers protection after 12 weeks, but Pfizer says it has not tested the efficacy of its jab after such a long gap. Britain has recorded 95,981 deaths among people who tested positive, the highest confirmed virus toll in Europe. Pubs, restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues and many shops are closed, and people are required to stay largely at home.
U.S. condemns Russia's arrests of Navalny protestors
       
Russian authorities claim Navalny's five months in Germany violated a previous suspended sentence for a conviction, which he has said was for bogus charges. Protestors took to the streets in dozens of cities across Russia on Saturday, including thousands gathered in Moscow's city center. Steps being taken by Russian authorities are suppressing those rights,” Rebecca Ross, the spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, said in a tweet Saturday. “Russian authorities [are] arresting peaceful protesters, journalists - appears to be [a] concerted campaign to suppress free speech, peaceful assembly. “[Protestors] come out to support Navalny and their own future.”
Larry King Is Preparing for the Final Cancellation
       
I asked King when we were eating at the Palm how he and Shawn had managed to stay together. I asked King if, for the sake of changing with the medium, he ever considered becoming more combative on CNN. I asked King how he’s so certain that the afterlife is not a portal to some glorious dimension. This is a topic he has surveyed deeply: ‘‘Martin Short says people die every night when we sleep,’’ King told me. ‘‘Try lifting this thing,’’ King told me.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Predicts More Than 600,000 U.S. Deaths
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Predicts More Than 600,000 U.S. Each day recently has typically seen about 5,000 new cases of the virus and has recorded more than 60 new deaths. Ora Media, which Mr. King co-founded in 2012, confirmed the death in a statement posted on Mr. King’s own Twitter account and said he had died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The statement did not specify a cause of death, but Mr. King had recently been treated for Covid-19. Officials said that 162 confirmed coronavirus cases had been recorded across 56 buildings in Jordan in the first 20 days of January.
How the pandemic lifted the lid on the ‘Darwinian world’ of Japan’s sumo
       
Japan’s New Year Grand Sumo tournament will wrap up Sunday. Even if another stable wanted to employ Kotokantetsu, it wouldn’t be allowed to under sumo association rules. Like many wrestlers, Kotokantetsu had entered the sport after middle school and never completed his studies. “The oyakata (stablemasters) and the sumo association treat them like slave labor. Japan Sumo Association spokesman Shibatayama said the sport’s governing body has taken appropriate safety measures to protect wrestlers from the virus.
Not ‘just depression.’ She seemed trapped in a downward mental health spiral. The real cause was a profound shock.
       
Months earlier Blaine had lost her job of 10 years and she seemed trapped in a downward spiral. ADBack in Richmond by 2005, Blaine began working as a research associate at a polymer film company. In 2007 she decamped to a better job in Charlottesville, where Brittney was working as a graphic designer. Gumlock was working two jobs trying to cover the mortgage on the house the couple had bought the previous year. Doctors told her she needed brain surgery and soon; it was the only way to definitively identify the type of brain tumor.
What’s known as ‘mental reframing’ can help us with all kinds of physical and psychological challenges
       
People are sick of it.”ADADLeibowitz has long studied what’s known as “mental reframing,” which can help us adapt to midwinter darkness, approaching winter storms and even stress. is that they tend to have a positive wintertime mind-set” unlike many Americans, she told me. I understood what Leibowitz means by “mental reframing” from personal experience. Use natural light to celebrate the darkness of winter, Leibowitz says. Mental reframing, however, is not only a strategy about fighting the wintertime blues.
Better civics classes will not cure our political ills
       
But I don’t think education is going to make much of a difference. Please don’t try to tell me that Americans understood the principles of democracy better in golden days gone by. Seventy-seven years ago, only 13 percent of a sample of 7,000 first-year college students knew that James Madison was president during the War of 1812. Forty-four years ago, a national sample of 2,000 first-year college students on average answered only half of 42 American history multiple-choice questions correctly. Civic education “without a shared sense of civic commitment and moral investment, a sense of respect and even reverence for civic virtues ... won’t amount to very much,” he said.
Who is the home run king? Years after Barry Bonds topped Hank Aaron, it’s still up for debate.
       
“I knew Barry’s father very well, and I got to know Barry [Bonds] a little bit,” Aaron said, folding his hands together. Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) called Aaron the “true home run king” in a social media post. But when Bonds hit No. AD“I move over and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family on this historical achievement,” Aaron told Bonds and the sellout crowd. “We’ve had so many cheaters that have made the Hall of Fame,” said Aaron, who also called Bonds a terrific ballplayer.
Larry King dies at 87
       
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University forces professors back into the classroom despite covid-19, but students get to choose
       
The university’s enhanced classroom safeguards, which includes KN-95 masks, face shields and physical distancing in classrooms, meant that his “request to work remotely was not approved as a reasonable accommodation,” according to the letter. Type 1 diabetes or gestational diabetes might increase the risk of severe illness from covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ADHegeman said in a statement that the union has been in contact with 58 faculty members who requested accommodations but were denied, adding that 10 were later granted accommodations on appeal. Alachua County, where the university is seated, has reported more than 19,408 cases since the outset of the pandemic. The university has a less-than-1.5 percent positive rate of infection so far this semester, according to Orlando.
Opinion: This town powered America for decades. What do we owe them?
       
Gillette, Wyoming (CNN) This Wyoming coal town is a place of contradictions. Gillette is the town that powers America -- at least it did for decades. "Everybody in this town is afraid that it is going to become a ghost town," he said. Many years, well over half of the state's tax revenue comes from the coal, oil and gas industries. Timber towns, auto towns, military town, mining towns -- the logical progression is toward "ghost town" status if the town isn't big enough, or industries aren't diverse enough.
Bleacher Report's MLB 25 in '25: Predicting the Top 25 Superstars in 2025
       
0 of 26John Raoux/Associated PressWe've arrived at the end of B/R's MLB 25 in '25 rankings! Over the past few months, we've tried our hand at predicting who the 25 best players will be at each position in five years, during the 2025 season. Loyal readers will remember we did something similar in 2015 with our "20 for '20" series. Along with analysis on the 25 players selected, you'll find a list of the 25 who fell just outside the rankings. Catch up on our MLB 25 in '25 series: Catchers, First Basemen, Second Basemen, Third Basemen, Shortstops, Outfielders, Pitchers.
Devoted customers help rescue BBQ restaurant on the brink of eviction
       
That kind of generosity is what has helped Renatta Frazier stave off eviction for Great House BBQ, her restaurant in Springfield, Illinois. When asked by a local paper if she would start a GoFundMe campaign, Ocasio said she didn't want to because the past year was such a hardship for so many people. Erin Graham, an owner of a nearby office supply store who is also one of Ocasio's customers, decided she wanted to help. Without telling Ocasio, Graham and her husband started a GoFundMe campaign for The Vault. Through a GoFundMe campaign, promotion on social media, and a star-studded live-streamed telethon on Christmas Day, their efforts raised $342,000.
Report: Antonio Brown Ordered to Pay $100K to Britney Taylor for Breach in Deal
       
Taylor and Brown met at Central Michigan University in 2010. Tadd Hislop of Sporting News noted Taylor alleged in the lawsuit Brown sexually assaulted her on two occasions in June 2017, which led her to break off the working relationship. Her lawsuit described the assaults: "First, Brown exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent. Later that month, Brown, while positioned behind Ms. Taylor, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back." In November 2019, Brown filed a countersuit against Taylor that denied the allegations and labeled them as defamation that caused him to lose lucrative contracts, per CNN's Jason Hanna and Rebekah Riess.
Television host Larry King dies at age 87
       
Legendary television host Larry King died this morning at a hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 87. King spent 63 years in both television and radio, his longest running show “Larry King Live” aired on CNN for 25 years. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles looks back at his life and legacy.
Saudi Arabia expects 'excellent relations' with Biden administration, foreign minister says
       
DUBAI — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Saturday the kingdom was optimistic that it would have "excellent relations" with the new administration of President Joe Biden and that it would continue to talk with Washington regarding the Iran nuclear deal. Biden pledged on the election campaign trail to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia, a state he described as a "pariah" in 2019. Prince Faisal said that Riyadh will continue to consult with Washington with regards to the Iran nuclear deal. Biden has said that if Tehran resumed strict compliance with the agreement Washington would too. The Saudi minister reiterated the kingdom's stance that having a peace agreement with Israel is conditional on implementing the Arab Peace Initiative.
Several governors order National Guard troops out of D.C.
       
“If there’s another call, there’s another mission we’re always going to be there, absolutely. That was totally inappropriate.”The FBI vetted guard members amid fears of an insider attack, removing 12. Texas’ Abbott tweeted Thursday night that he had instructed a general to order the state’s National Guard back home, and Montana’s Gianforte did the same Friday morning. Abbott said the Guard troops had to go through a “political correctness test.”“These are men and women who should be respected and not denigrated,” Abbott said on Hannity on Friday. “These are men and women who have served in Afghanistan and overseas and yet they are forced to sleep in a parking garage.”
POLITICO Playbook: Don't believe the media's celebration of Biden's boringness
       
POLITICO Playbook: Don't believe the media's celebration of Biden's boringness Presented byIf the Biden administration shows some success at being boring, our bet is that the D.C. press corps will do everything in its power to make it not so. A message from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association: Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are working to meet the needs of the healthcare system at this critical time. They were meeting with President Trump on ‘an Iran issue,’ Miller told me. POLITICO HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: “Biden says his mask mandate is common sense. ABC “This Week”: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Vivek Murthy.
Larry King, TV host who gave boldface names a cozy forum, dies at 87
       
ADADCNN founder Ted Turner called Mr. King “the most famous interviewer in the world,” which, at Mr. King’s peak, was closer to understatement than hyperbole. He allegedly stole $5,000 from industrialist Louis E. Wolfson, leading to grand larceny charges against Mr. King in 1971. Mr. King admitted that the story was a fabrication aimed to aggrandize the sorrowful childhood of Larry Zeiger. And then, in the course of his life, in his mid-20s, he became Larry King,” he said. Larry Zeiger or Larry King?”“Probably Larry Zeiger,” he said.
Racism carved away a piece of Hank Aaron’s heart. What remained was still a gift.
       
He was a five-tool player who could have picked any single skill and made a lasting impact. There was always a wall, created because of racism and fortified by Aaron himself out self-preservation. It is a wall that many Black Americans, no matter how popular and no matter what age, put up just to survive. As a teenager, Aaron went to hear Robinson speak in Mobile, Ala., strengthening his desire to make it in baseball. He was smart to be so protective, but Aaron being Aaron, there was another layer.
Why Biden will have to help Mexico (Opinion)
       
Jorge G. Castañeda served as Minister of Foreign Relations of Mexico (2000-2003) and was an advisor to two candidates for the presidency of Mexico, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and Vicente Fox. (CNN) During his first months in office, President-elect Joe Biden will have more than enough on his plate to deal with besides peaceful and essentially non-conflictive neighbors like Mexico and Canada. But he shouldn't procrastinate in excess with regard to Mexico; there is a fire kindling next door. Including Mexico's domestic problems in the US-Mexican agenda will not be easy for Biden, but it may become inevitable. Tensions with American companies over investments in Mexican energy production are likely to endure.
Russian police arrest over 1,300 at pro-Navalny protests
       
More than 1,300 people were arrested during protests in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny | Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty ImagesRussian police on Saturday arrested more than 1,300 people at protests across the country in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s wife Yulia said on social media that she had been detained at a rally in Moscow. Navalny, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was jailed for at least 30 days upon his return to Moscow from Germany, where he was recovering after being poisoned with a deadly nerve agent. The Russian government said Navalny breached the terms of a suspended sentence by staying in Germany after he had recovered from the poisoning. The sentence in question is connected to a 2014 embezzlement case which his supporters and the European Court of Human Rights have described as unfair.
Trump shuns 'ex-presidents club' — and the feeling is mutual
       
Now that he's left office, it's hard to see him embracing the stately, exclusive club of living former presidents. “He kind of laughed at the very notion that he would be accepted in the presidents club,” said Kate Andersen Brower, who interviewed Trump in 2019 for her book “Team of Five: The Presidents’ Club in the Age of Trump." Obama, Bush and Clinton recorded their video after accompanying Biden to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider following the inauguration. When Hurricane Katrina blasted the Gulf Coast, Bush, father of the then-current president George W. Bush, called on Clinton to boost Katrina fundraising relief efforts. Obama tapped Clinton and the younger President Bush to boost fundraising efforts for Haiti after its devastating 2010 earthquake.
Larry King, Breezy Interviewer of the Famous and Infamous, Dies at 87
       
“There are many broadcasters who’ll recite three minutes of facts before they ask a question,” he said in a memoir, “My Remarkable Journey” (2009, with Cal Fussman). “As if to say: Let me show you how much I know. I think the guest should be the expert.”Politicians, crackpot inventors, conspiracy theorists and spiritual mediums loved his show, which let them reach huge audiences without facing challenging questions. Mr. King lived in Beverly Hills, and his show was broadcast mainly from CNN’s Los Angeles studios but sometimes from New York or Washington, where he had been a radio interviewer for Mutual. As in his radio days, he took questions and comments from callers, who often had to be cut off for verbosity or for using obscenities.
Maryland could face millions in cost risks if toll lane plan for Beltway, I-270 stalls
       
ADADHogan has said the state can’t afford to finance his traffic-relief plan, which is expected to cost billions. The companies would then use future toll revenue to repay the debt financing and provide a return on the equity, Slater said. And it would have to pay up to $10 million toward the state procuring a new partner, state officials said. The Virginia Department of Transportation used similar early agreements to develop public-private partnerships for toll lanes on the Beltway and Interstate 95. The state had first determined how much it would cost to publicly finance the project and challenged companies to beat it.
Cold sunshine means great ski conditions in the Mid-Atlantic this weekend
       
The best conditions, though, will be found another hour or two to the west in West Virginia, Western Maryland and southwest Pennsylvania. 15 inches at the White Grass Ski Touring Center in West Virginia (for cross-country skiing). High-country resortsSaturday: Mostly sunny and windy with morning lows near 10 degrees and afternoon highs near 20. Morning lows near 10, afternoon highs near 30. Front-range resortsSaturday: Mostly sunny and windy with morning lows near 20 and highs near 32.
U.S. largely avoided Christmas coronavirus surge, but experts warn the threat could intensify
       
But officials across the country said those dire predictions — a wave of severe Christmas cases weeks after a rapid increase from Thanksgiving — did not materialize in most places. The Transportation Security Administration recorded its highest number of airline travelers since the pandemic began around Christmas, exceeding 1 million daily. He said the health system managed the increase in part because length of stays have been shorter and county and state officials have offered additional resources. Arizona has been another major coronavirus hotspot, reporting the nation’s highest per capita rates of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths through January. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer for Banner health, Arizona’s largest health system, said the Jan. 11 peak, even if lower than expected, left hospital workers toiling in crowded conditions under enormous stress.
Empty French ski lifts, packed Swiss resorts. Covid rules clash in the Alps.
       
Spooked by the massive coronavirus outbreak last year linked to the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl, the French have kept ski lifts closed so far this season — and extended that decision on Wednesday. Though the French government urged citizens to stay away from the Swiss slopes, determined skiers rushed to the mountains amid ideal conditions this past weekend, leaving their pandemic fatigue behind. ADADThe business at the Swiss resorts, which has been booming on some days, has prompted envy in French ski towns devastated by coronavirus restrictions. France, Germany and Italy — the European Union’s three most-populous nations — pushed for an E.U.-wide closure of ski resorts in November. Spain, too, kept ski resorts open, having largely backed away from the national lockdown approach it deployed last spring.
‘Good-looking Marines’: Video misrepresents Biden at inauguration
       
The tweet goes on to allege that Biden simply “repeated the words” said to him via the earpiece, noting that the Marines flanking the Capitol entrance weren’t “saluted” after all. As for Biden saying “salute the Marines” as he passed through servicemen that flanked him, it’s just not the case. ADAfter multiple viewings, we’re also able to make the determination that Biden did not utter the phrase “salute the Marines.” Instead, Biden remarked, “Good-looking Marines” as he passed through the Capitol doors. The video also doesn’t show Marines saluting Biden as he made his way through the entrance. The Pinocchio TestThe tweet is a clear misrepresentation of a moment captured by the live feed on Inauguration Day.
Covid vaccine prioritization is already hard. Don't make it worse by shaming obese people.
       
So many want to assume that someone’s fatness killed them, yet they don’t want obese people to jump the line to get a vaccine. Murphy, like governors of other states such as Pennsylvania and Delaware, is following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that consider obese individuals as high-risk. Obese individuals, particularly morbidly obese individuals, are more likely to be put on ventilators than other coronavirus patients, and they have an increased chance of dying of Covid-19, getting a blood clot or needing dialysis. One of them is poverty, particularly the food deserts lacking affordable, high-quality food that surround many less well-off Americans. Instead of nonexperts assigning worth to obese individuals based on their eating habits, we should show empathy, and considering them high-risk is equity.
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87
       
In its early years, “Larry King Live” was based in Washington, D.C., which gave the show an air of gravitas. Once the leader in cable TV news, he ranked third in his time slot with less than half the nightly audience his peak year, 1998, when “Larry King Live” drew 1.64 million viewers. Originating from Washington on the Mutual network, “The Larry King Show” was eventually heard on more than 300 stations and made King a national phenomenon. “Larry King Live” debuted on June 1, 1985, and became CNN’s highest-rated program. In 2020, King lost his two eldest children, Andy King and Chaia King, who died of unrelated health problems within weeks of each other.
Russia arrests 350 protesters demanding Navalny's release
       
Thirteen people were reported arrested at the protest in Yakutsk, a city in eastern Siberia where the temperature was minus-50. In Moscow, thousands of people were converging on the downtown Pushkin Square as the protest's planned start neared. Navalny fell into a coma while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on Aug. 20. He was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a Berlin hospital two days later. Russia refused to open a full-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that Navalny was poisoned.
Single Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Michigan Scoops $1 Billion Jackpot
       
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018. Most winners choose a cash prize, which for the Mega Millions jackpot is $739.6 million. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly steep at one in 302.5 million.
He Allowed Hank Aaron’s 715th Homer and Wouldn’t Change a Thing
       
It was unusual because you weren’t too far past the time when the races couldn’t mix on the athletic field. When I say we weren’t too far past, I’m talking about like ’68, ’69. So he says, “Hey, Al, Henry really wore you out, didn’t he?” So Hank says: “Wait a minute. He was a great adversary.”The guy shut up real, real quick. There’s an interview with Sandy Koufax in which he said he could never come up with a game plan against Aaron.
Navalny Protests: Live Updates as Russians Demand Opposition Leader’s Release
       
Social media has been critical in helping government critics in Russia organize demonstrations. Gathering or marching without a parade permit or calling for participation in such an action is illegal in Russia, and often ruthless enforcement of these laws has kept a lid on political opposition for years. But Mr. Navalny has promoted illegal protests for nearly a decade as justified to encourage political change, but never called for violent action. On the social network TikTok, which is popular with young people, a hashtag dedicated to Saturday’s protests remained accessible. “We’ve received requests from the local regulator to restrict access to certain content that calls for protest,” the company said in a statement.
An old arrest can follow you forever online. Some newspapers want to fix that.
       
In Philadelphia, 40 community organizations petitioned the Philadelphia Inquirer to change its crime reporting process and allow people named in older crime stories to appeal to have them removed from the paper’s website. The idea of removing names — let alone an entire article — from a newspaper’s digital archive is traditionally anathema for many journalists. ADADBut Culver argued that changing or delisting old stories falls squarely within journalists’ responsibility to hold powerful institutions accountable. “You don’t want to extend the harm of an unjust system by having your coverage be unjust,” she said. A committee of 10 Globe journalists — who consulted with victims advocates, ethics experts and formerly incarcerated people to design the program — will review petitions from past story subjects.
You’re spending more money online than you think. Here are 4 ways to save.
       
And in a struggling economy, finding even small ways to save money can be a huge help. The shift to automated payments has made it easier for companies to make money and harder for customers to keep track, he said. It’s also time to audit delivery memberships, starting with an Amazon Prime account if you, like more than half of U.S. households, have one. (If you do hold on to Amazon Prime, don’t forget to Google a product before you buy it and see if it’s available for a lower price, even with shipping.) Prune where you can, then shop around for the best price for however much storage you’re using and reasonable upgrade options as you grow.
100 million doses in 100 days: How Biden’s coronavirus vaccine push compares with those of other countries
       
ADIt remains possible that the United States could pick up its pace as vaccine supply increases and logistics improve. But in international context 1 million doses a day does not seem slow. The roughly 200 day push to deliver 600 million doses is more ambitious than the U.S. plan. However, India’s population is more than three times larger than that of the United States. But a report in a news outlet controlled by the ruling Communist Party said the country had administered 15 million doses by Jan. 20.
VMI commandant to retire as racial reckoning continues
       
He was replaced by retired Army Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, the college’s first Black leader in its 181-year history. Wins is serving as interim superintendent until the college selects a permanent successor to Peay later this year. ADWanovich, who graduated from VMI in 1987, became commandant in 2014 after serving 27 years in the Army, according to an email sent to the VMI community. According to Washington Business Journal’s 2020 database of Virginia’s top publicly paid earners, Wanovich made just over $143,000 a year. Wanovich has instilled a great deal of professionalism and integrity to the Corps of Cadets during his time as commandant,” Wins said.
Universities face pressure to vet ex-Trump officials before hiring them
       
But in recent months, some students and faculty have argued colleges should apply more scrutiny to former Trump officials looking to make similar transitions. A George Washington University student argued in a column that the school should reject job applications from Trump officials. But others say efforts to keep Trump officials from campuses undermine universities and their responsibility to foster diverse perspectives, including viewpoints that make some students uncomfortable. Administrators have not responded to the petition about Trump officials, Blum said. A Harvard spokesperson declined to make university officials available for comment, and the Harvard Republican Club did not respond to an interview request.
Composers and performers to keep your ears open to in 2021
       
Some of these composers and performers are just launching their careers; others are well along in their work. The recording is vast and open, yet private — a big Texas sunrise caught in the sway of some curtains. This month, Sono Luminus will release “Occurrence,” a recording by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra featuring Kuusisto leading the violin concerto that Daniel Bjarnason wrote for him. Premieres are in the works with the LA Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her entry, “A Shared Solitary” — a searing solo work for violin and electronics, performed by Jannina Norpoth of the PUBLIQuartet — felt like a line drawing of a far more complex musical universe.
Can you impeach a former president?
       
In early 2020, the then-president suggested that former president Barack Obama be impeached for comments that Obama made about health care. “Why aren’t we impeaching him?”Trump, who had just gone through his first impeachment trial, was perhaps joking. But their comments are relevant as the GOP wrestles with a potential strategy to fend off a Trump conviction. ADADPolitico’s Andrew Desiderio reports that Republican senators plan to emphasize the argument that Trump’s impeachment trial is unconstitutional. “The Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president,” Cotton said in a statement this week.
Chuck Schumer's 99 problems
       
Schumer is battle-tested from overseeing a generally united minority during the Trump years, though maintaining unity as majority leader is always more challenging. Sen. Schumer has never been majority leader,” added Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo. Schumer’s immediate top three priorities are filling Biden’s Cabinet, conducting the impeachment trial and passing a big coronavirus relief package. Just as Schumer's adjusting to leading the majority, Democrats say it may take some time for McConnell to take his hands off the wheel. “I know it’s hard for him to settle into his new role, but you can’t be the majority leader if you’re the minority leader,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
Amazon’s offering to help Biden’s vaccine push. There may be a reason why.
       
An Amazon spokesperson rejected the idea that the company’s offer was motivated by a desire to gain competitive leverage or stir up good publicity. It’s unclear how seriously the new White House is taking Amazon’s offer, which a company spokesperson said is still being finalized. Jeff Zients, Biden’s Covid-19 coordinator, this week complained that officials have limited ability to monitor vaccine allocations and distribution. Amazon’s bid comes as Biden officials say they are scrambling to repair a vaccine distribution system they’ve inherited from the Trump administration. An Amazon spokesperson rejected the idea that the company’s offer was motivated by a desire to gain competitive leverage or stir up good publicity.
Detroit’s legal pot reticence spills over to Muslim-majority neighbor
       
Ultimately the City Council voted 4-3 to ban marijuana businesses from operating in Hamtramck, with the vote split along Muslim and non-Muslim lines. An ordinance was drafted to establish rules for medical marijuana businesses and town hall meetings were held to gauge public feedback. Under Michigan’s law, cities must proactively ban marijuana businesses from operating within their borders. In Hamtramck, an ordinance to ban marijuana businesses came up for a vote in October 2019. However, it ultimately failed, largely because two Muslim council members who were expected to back the ban didn’t attend the meeting.
The political roots of Amanda Gorman’s genius
       
But Gorman’s poetry, and its activist leanings, don’t spring out of a vacuum. Both of Gorman’s upcoming books, which aren’t due to be released until September, are Amazon’s top selling, sitting at the site’s #1 and #2 slots. The seamless infusion of politics into her poetry, he said, was both powerful — and par for the course. “I think of politics to my poetry the same way I think of breath to my body. “I’m of the school that thinks kinda everything is political if you look at it from the right angle,” they said.
Hundreds detained as protests called by Putin foe Navalny erupt across Russia
       
The OVD-Info monitoring group said that 238 people, including 56 in Novosibirsk, had been detained so far at the nationwide rallies. Police also detained a few people gathered on the square before the rally, including a lone picketer. Navalny, an ex-lawyer who has accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, could face years in jail over legal cases that he calls trumped up. Navalny's supporters are hoping they can produce a show of anti-Kremlin street support despite winter conditions and the coronavirus pandemic to pressure the authorities into freeing him. The U.S. Embassy published the locations and times of the protests, telling Americans to stay away.
Biden DOJ nixes last-minute Trump administration memo on LGBTQ rights
       
“I have determined that this memorandum is inconsistent in many respects with the E.O.,” Friel wrote to civil rights division colleagues. “I plan to confer with Department leadership about issuing revised guidance that comports with the policy set forth in the E.O. However, the analysis the Trump administration released publicly one day before Trump left office counseled against such interpretation and often seemed more enamored of Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent in Bostock than the controlling majority opinion. “We must hesitate to apply the reasoning of Bostock to different texts, adopted at different times, in different contexts,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Daukas wrote in the memo, which was dated Sunday. By late Friday, the lengthy memo from Daukas had disappeared from the Justice Department website.
A Quiet Life of Loud Home Runs: Hank Aaron in Photographs
       
Hank Aaron wasn’t as loud as some other stars, on or off the field. He was a steady presence, a fixture in right field, a mainstay at the All-Star Game and a terror at the plate. His path was often difficult, and his name is sometimes overlooked when rattling off the greatest to ever play the game. But make no mistake: To his peers — or the closest thing baseball could offer in terms of peers — Aaron was nothing short of a god among men.
The News Quiz, Jan. 22, 2021
       
5 of 11Which of the following will be true of Biden’s cabinet, if current nominees are confirmed? Note: You should select three — and only three — of the five items.
Black, Deaf and Extremely Online
       
As white deaf schools in the 1870s and 1880s moved toward oralism — which places less emphasis on signing and more emphasis on teaching deaf students to speak and lip-read — Black signers better retained the standards of American Sign Language, and some white sign language instructors ended up moving to Black deaf schools. According to Ceil Lucas, a sociolinguist and professor emerita at Gallaudet University, many white deaf schools were indifferent to Black deaf students’ education. For example, the Black ASL sign for “tight” meaning “cool,” which comes from Texas, is not the same as the conceptual sign for “tight,” meaning snug or form-fitting. There are also some signs for everyday words like “bathroom,” “towel” and “chicken” that are completely different in ASL and Black ASL, depending on where a signer lives or grew up. As one of the first Black students to attend the Alabama School for the Deaf, Dr. McCaskill said code switching allowed her to fit in with white students, while also preserving her Black ASL style.
N.Y. Ski Conditions: A Snowslide, Few Lift Tickets, Beer in the Parking Lot
       
“We like to wait until the last minute because conditions matter, weather matters,” Mr. Feng said. “I’m not about planning weeks in advance,” he said, “but I don’t want to be left hanging.” But the planning didn’t pan out: there was an emergency and the family couldn’t go. Mr. Feng was refunded the cost of the tickets, “no questions asked,” he said. “It’s like the E-ZPass of skiing,” Mr. Vajtay said. Rise of the midweek warriorIt’s cheaper and less crowdedEmily and Claire Loughran grew up outside Kingston, a 40-minute drive to most Catskill ski resorts.
‘The Word of the Year Is Fluid’: The Pandemic Brings a New Teaching Style
       
“There’s no book for this,” said Cyndi Tufaro, the principal of James Monroe Elementary School in Edison. Whether hybrid classes are helping to stem educational loss remains unclear. Edison officials said they had no readily available data on failure rates or standardized test scores to measure the impact of hybrid learning. Ms. Rasimowicz believes that the pandemic has wrought an educational toll, though perhaps not as significantly as she once feared. “The same number who have A’s.”But the jury is out on hybrid learning, she adds.
In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily
       
In desperate times, there are many ways to stretch vaccines and speed up inoculation campaigns, according to experts who have done it. Splitting doses, delaying second shots, injecting into the skin instead of the muscle and employing roving vaccination teams have all saved lives — when the circumstances were right. During cholera outbreaks in war zones, Doctors Without Borders has even used “takeaway” vaccination, in which the recipient is given the first dose on the spot and handed the second to self-administer later. Unfortunately, experts said, it would be difficult to try most of those techniques in the United States right now, even though vaccines against the coronavirus are rolling out far more slowly than had been hoped.
Navalny Protests: Live Updates as Russians Demand Opposition Leader’s Release
       
It appeared to be the biggest day of protest across the country since at least 2017 — though it was far from clear whether the show of dissent would succeed in pushing the Kremlin to change course. In the cities of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean and Irkutsk and Novosibirsk in Siberia, footage showed crowds of well over 1,000 people shouting chants like “We are in charge here!” and “We won’t leave!”In Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, scores of protesters in the freezing fog braved temperatures of minus 60 Fahrenheit. In Khabarovsk, the city on the Chinese border that was the site of anti-Kremlin protests last summer, hundreds of people who returned to the streets were met with an overwhelming force of riot police officers. “I was never a big supporter of Navalny, and yet I understand perfectly well that this is a very serious situation,” Vitaliy Blazhevich, 57, a university Russian teacher, said in a telephone interview about why he had come out to rally for Mr. Navalny in Khabarovsk.
Why Kamala Harris and ‘Firsts’ Matter, and Where They Fall Short
       
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said. Seeing someone like yourself attain high office can spur you to participate in politics or pursue a leadership position. “There’s a lot of empirical evidence that you can’t be what you can’t see,” said Amanda Clayton, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University. “Citizens get used to seeing women in certain places, and I think once your idea of who can lead changes, there’s more demand for it. My students that grew up in the Obama era can’t imagine two white men on a ticket.”
He Allowed Hank Aaron’s 715th Homer and Wouldn’t Change a Thing
       
At the time, were you aware of the racist letters he was getting and the death threats against him? We were going through the whole civil rights era back in the ’60s, and it wasn’t over by ’74. It was, “Oh, you weren’t good enough to break Babe Ruth’s record.” Come on, we’re all playing this major league game. It was unusual because you weren’t too far past the time when the races couldn’t mix on the athletic field. When I say we weren’t too far past, I’m talking about like ’68, ’69.
The Weekender
       
‘Moulin Rouge!’ Was Their Ticket. Then 2020 Happened. It was a Broadway smash with big plans until 25 company members took ill and a shutdown put everybody out of work. Inside a tumultuous year, in the words of those who lived it.
New Pandemic Plight: Hospitals Are Running Out of Vaccines
       
Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions If I live in the U.S., when can I get the vaccine? A growing number of coronavirus vaccines are showing robust protection against becoming sick. The two vaccines that will potentially get authorized this month clearly protect people from getting sick with Covid-19. Tens of thousands of people have already received the vaccines, and none of them have reported any serious health problems. Will mRNA vaccines change my genes?
Voices From China’s Covid Crisis: ‘If I Survive This, What Will I Do?’
       
Most important, the virus was transmitted through the respiratory tract. If more experts had shared my opinion from the beginning, then we may not have needed Zhong Nanshan to say something. Whether in the United States or in China, we need to cultivate a group of critics — real scientists in the field. Zhong Nanshan is old. If I have made any contribution to society, it is because of the support of my wife.
54 ZIP Codes in New York City Have Positive Test Rates Over 10%
       
Even as New York City officials focus on vaccinating millions of residents, the coronavirus continues to spread, with more than 50 ZIP codes showing a positive test rate over 10 percent. Each day recently has typically seen about 5,000 new cases of the virus and has recorded more than 60 new deaths. “I worry about the focus on vaccines, rather than what’s happening with the virus.”The 54 ZIP codes in New York City with seven-day average positivity rates of over 10 percent span every borough, city statistics showed on Friday. Two more ZIP codes were at 10 percent. Bronx, Queens and Staten Island have positive test rates higher than 9 percent.
10 Republicans Voted to Impeach Trump. The Backlash Has Been Swift.
       
Mr. Norton said he believed Mr. Meijer made a mistake in blaming Mr. Trump for inciting the riot. lawmaker to back impeachment, is one of the few remaining Republicans who represents a Democratic-leaning district. Some Republicans in his district were outraged by his vote. I’m tremendously upset.”“I think Mr. Katko crossed a line,” he continued. Anthony Bouchard, a state senator, announced his campaign on Wednesday as President Biden was being inaugurated.
A Year Later, the First Post-Pandemic City
       
A Year Later, the First Post-Pandemic City?????Jan. 22, 2021The long months of harsh lockdown have faded from view in Wuhan, the first city in the world devastated by the new coronavirus. To families grieving in the shadows, it means the danger of hastily forgetting without a public reckoning for the lives needlessly lost. A year ago when Wuhan shut down, it offered the world a forewarning about the dangers of the virus. Now, it heralds a post-pandemic world where the relief at unmasked faces, joyous get-togethers and daily commutes conceals the emotional aftershocks. In Wuhan, residents savor ordinary pleasures that a year ago became forbidden hazards, like strolling along the historic Jianghan shopping street.
Brazil's Indigenous Leaders Sue President Jair Bolsonaro For Crimes Against Humanity
       
Two of Brazil’s most influential and well-known Indigenous leaders filed an international legal challenge this week against the country’s leader, alleging that far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies toward Indigenous tribes and the Amazon rainforest constitute crimes against humanity. William Bourdon, attorney for Chiefs Raoni and AlmirA longtime human rights and environmental activist, Chief Raoni has emerged as a leader of Indigenous resistance to Bolsonaro, who tribal leaders have warned threatens their people with genocide. Even if the ICC doesn’t accept that argument, the complaint asserts that Bolsonaro’s actions toward Brazil’s Indigenous tribes and the laws meant to protect them qualify as crimes against humanity. AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File Chief Raoni Metuktire, center front, takes part in a climate march in Brussels on May 17, 2019. The activist has become a symbol of the fight for Indigenous rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest.
French health watchdog calls for delay in second vaccine jab
       
The call came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the British variant of coronavirus was more lethal than had been thought. The French watchdog estimated that delaying the second jab could speed up the protection of the most vulnerable people. It calculated that waiting six weeks before the second vaccine injection would allow 700,000 more people to be vaccinated in the first month. Paris has struggled with the rollout of its vaccination campaign, with only 1.21 vaccinations per 100 people (823,567 injections in total). On Friday, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the country was at an "extremely precarious" point, the BBC reported.
Education Dept. staff recommends dropping embattled for-profit college accreditor backed by DeVos
       
If the advisory board votes that the government should withdraw its recognition, the accrediting agency can appeal to the education secretary. If the secretary adopts the recommendation to terminate the agency, about 73 schools will have 18 months to find a new accreditation agency to continue receiving federal financial aid. If an institution does not have an accreditor’s seal of approval, students of that institution cannot obtain the federal education loans that are the lifeblood of many schools, especially for-profit colleges. ADIn 2018, DeVos reinstated the council over the objections of her own staff, which found the council in violation of dozens of standards. The for-profit chain abruptly closed in December 2018, leaving students with hefty debt burdens and worthless college credits.
Hundreds of D.C. poll workers affected by payment delays are starting to receive their checks
       
The D.C. Board of Elections has fielded myriad complaints in recent weeks from poll workers who were told to expect full payments by Christmas, said its executive director, Alice Miller. ADAD“The calls have died down, from the best we can tell the checks are being received,” Miller said Friday. Poll workers were told by his office and the Elections Board that any check not cashed by Friday will automatically be canceled and reissued on Monday. Heidi Case, a 60-year-old poll worker who has been waiting weeks for her $250 check to arrive, said she finally received the payment Thursday. ADWard 8 resident Keith Allen — no relation — was among the 1,000 poll workers still waiting for a check as of early this week.
With six months to go, the Tokyo Olympics are swimming against a tide of doubt
       
Gripped with its worst wave of infections since the pandemic began, Japan placed Tokyo under a state of emergency Jan. 7. AD“The Tokyo Games are definitely on,” Australian Olympic Committee chief Matt Carroll said in Sydney on Friday. AD“All the sporting events that have been happening are a big asset for Tokyo 2020,” he said. Things may look better in six months’ time, but how much better will they look in two months? “One thing that ourselves, the IOC and Tokyo 2020, need to get better at in the coming months is explaining to people why we’re optimistic we can deliver a safe and secure Games.
D.C.-area forecast: Cold this weekend with brisk winds today, then winter storm threats start early week
       
Highs reach the mid-30s in general, which could be closer to upper 30s in the city and some spots south or east. Confidence: Medium-HighADTonight: Winds lose a little oomph with sunset, but they continue to blow through the night. Under mainly clear skies, temperatures are in the 20s for lows and are feeling more like teens late at night. It’s breezy as well, and there could be a passing rain or snow shower. Confidence: Low-MediumSnow potential indexA daily assessment of the potential for at least one inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.
CNN Roundly Debunks Tucker Carlson's COVID-19 Tracker Lie
       
CNN called out Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday for lying that the network had removed its COVID-19 tracker after President Joe Biden had taken office. CNN can finally take that COVID death ticker off the screen. It’s not like you can blame Joe Biden for some Chinese virus that escaped from a lab in Wuhan. CNN dutifully removed it this morning. Watch Carlson’s comments below and read a transcript of his falsehood on the Fox News website here.
Now that Biden's given many of us room to hope for better times ahead, what's next?
       
As one client told me, “I feel like I haven’t been able to take a full breath for four years. And whatever true healing can occur, if it is to occur at all, can only happen slowly. Whatever true healing can occur, if it is to occur at all, can only happen slowly. Can those of us breathing a sigh of relief do a better job? Those of us breathing a sigh of relief may need to work hard at being good winners.
Republican backlash to Biden's inauguration points to post-Trump challenges
       
Throughout 2016, as a cycle of violence and counterviolence escalated, it seemed plain to me that Trump had turned over an ugly rock. That smear — and it is a smear — is one to which Democrats appeal all too frequently. It is a smear that is transferable to even non-white Republican voters, who have somehow been seduced by the “appeal of white supremacy.”And it is an effective smear because it induces tribal solidarity. Biden’s left flank, liberals who believe that the nation’s institutions were forged in racism, might disagree with the Biden administration’s platitudes, but Republicans certainly don’t. The party must, however, marginalize the sentiments prevalent on fringes of the Republican coalition that have transformed conspiratorial paranoia into a governing philosophy.
Italy orders TikTok to stop using children’s data
       
The Italian data protection authority on Friday ordered video sharing platform TikTok to immediately stop collecting and using data of users whose ages it doesn't know "with certainty." Ordinarily privacy enforcement against TikTok would be led by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), since the platform is legally established in Dublin. It said it had notified the Irish authority of the restrictions, which will initially be in place until February 15. A spokesperson for the Irish DPC declined to comment on Garante's order, but confirmed that the DPC has been TikTok's lead authority under EU rules since mid-December. The action comes while Garante was already investigating TikTok, having initiated a formal procedure against the app in December.
Fox News Host’s ‘That’s Not Real’ Rebuke Of Satirical Trump Time Cover Baffles Many
       
“If you saw that on the opposite with a conservative president and it was, you know, all over the place, mainstream media would be on fire about it. But with Joe Biden it’s okay to do this?” Faulkner asked. “I mean, that’s not real. That picture isn’t real,” the anchor continued. “Don’t we care, I thought we were a nation who cared about the facts?”“Let’s see if others in the mainstream media have the gumption to call out the fact that that’s just a complete lie,” she added.
China empowers coast guard to fire on foreign vessels amid territorial disputes
       
BEIJING — China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals. The Coast Guard Law passed on Friday empowers the force to "take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea." The law also authorizes the coast guard to demolish other countries' structures built on reefs and islands claimed by China and to seize or order foreign vessels illegally entering China's territorial waters to leave. China's coast guard is the most powerful force of its kind in the region and is already active in the vicinity of uninhabited East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing, as well as in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety. Those activities have brought the coast guard into frequent contact with air and sea forces from Japan, its chief ally the U.S., and other claimants to territory in the South China Sea, including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Imperiling quick $1,400 checks, moderate Republicans push back on Biden's economic plan
       
WASHINGTON — Key moderate Republicans in the Senate dismissed quick action on President Joe Biden's top priority of a $1.9 trillion economic package, indicating that the $1,400 stimulus payments he requested could take months, or never arrive. Some called on Biden to pare back the plan while others suggested waiting a few months to see if the economic need persists. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called Biden's request "significant," adding that "the ink is barely dry on the $900 billion" bill. It follows the $900 billion plan approved in December that provides direct payments and other economic aid through March. "So, I think the tricky piece of that question is: Do you delay vaccine funding to distribute the vaccine?
Palestinian children injured amid surge in settler violence, rights group says
       
A recent surge in settler violence has seen 14 Palestinians injured — including at least two children — in the occupied West Bank, according to an Israeli human rights group. Jad Alaa Sawfta, a 5-year-old from Tubas city in the West Bank, was injured around 10 p.m. local time (3 p.m. Amihai said the group had documented close to 50 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians since Sandak’s death, during which 14 Palestinians were injured. He said the group could not compare that figure to past data because it did not record all cases of settler violence. The surge in violence came amid an uptick in Israeli plans for more settlement homes in the West Bank.
Protests challenge Russia’s Putin with opposition leader Navalny in custody
       
It follows constitutional changes last summer that gave Putin the opportunity to stay in power until 2036. Authorities Friday opened a criminal case claiming organizers of the protests were targeting children to join rallies. ADADHours before the protests, Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation released a call on Russians to defy fear and take to the streets to protest “against lies, thieves and lawlessness. Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent in August, an attack he says Putin ordered. He also released a message Friday on the eve of the protests, stating that his life could be in danger.
1,900 Covid vaccine doses ruined by loose freezer plug at Massachusetts VA hospital
       
A Massachusetts Veterans Affairs hospital said that nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine were spoiled after a cleaning contractor accidentally unplugged a refrigerator. The 1,900 doses were located at a VA facility in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, where on Tuesday VA officials realized that the doses had not been stored at proper temperatures, NBC News Boston reported. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakThe VA also said that replenishments were on the way and that they did not expect that the loss of nearly 2,000 doses of vaccine would impact their vaccination efforts. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston VA did not immediately respond to a NBC News request for comment. While nearly 2,000 Moderna doses were ruined in Tuesday's VA incident by warm temperatures, nearly 12,000 were spoiled earlier this month because temperatures were too cold during transit.
Jill Biden Makes Surprise Visit To National Guard Troops — With Cookies
       
In the latest sign that it’s a brand new era at the White House, First Lady Jill Biden made a surprise visit Friday to National Guard troops stationed at the U.S. Capitol, and passed out baskets of chocolate chip cookies. “I’m a National Guard mom. Thanks you from President Biden and from the entire Biden family. While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vented on Twitter about the situation, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel, took action. She made some insistent phone calls and the troops were moved out of the garage within hours.
Fauci to Maddow: 'I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months.'
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Trump administration blocked him from appearing on her should through most of the coronavirus crisis and how much more free top U.S. scientist are under the Biden administration to communicate with the public.
Trump Plotted With Loyalist To Oust Acting AG In Bid To Steal Georgia Election: Report
       
Donald Trump plotted to replace his acting attorney general with a Justice Department loyalist so he could then wield federal legal resources in a bid to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results, sources told The New York Times in a bombshell report Friday. Trump plotted with Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark to replace Acting AG Jeff Rosen, who repeatedly rebuffed Trump’s demands to take action to overturn Georgia voters’ choice for president, according to the Times, citing four unnamed officials. Rosen told Trump, as Barr had explained, that there was no evidence of any widespread fraud, the Times reported. Clark reportedly told Rosen that he planned to block Congress from certifying the electoral votes in the presidential race. Trump reportedly feared that an uproar over a mass resignation would undercut his attempts to overturn election results and possibly trigger congressional investigations.
Fauci: Scientists working on therapies to make Covid-19 less deadly
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with Rachel Maddow about the focus on therapeutic treatments to make Covid-19 more survivable and more manageable for people who are not able to be vaccinated before contracting the virus.
'Science was distorted and/or rejected': Dr. Fauci on working with the Trump admin
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with Rachel Maddow about the challenges of working with the Trump administration and the burden that was put on government health agencies.
Man pleads guilty in Minneapolis precinct arson after George Floyd death
       
A St. Paul, Minnesota, man pleaded guilty Friday in a fire set inside a Minneapolis police precinct during protests and violent unrest following the death of George Floyd last year, prosecutors said. Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson. The night of the precinct fires, Turner used a Molotov cocktail to start a fire in Minneapolis according to a criminal complaint. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota also announced Friday that a second person accused in a different fire at the precinct that night pleaded guilty. Two others indicted in connection with the fires, Bryce Michael Williams and Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, have previously pleaded guilty.
Fauci: Single dose vaccine likely only two weeks away from FDA application
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci explains that neither of the two currently available vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are better than the other, and estimates that a single dose vaccine is only two weeks away from asking the FDA for emergency use authorization.
'We take it very seriously': Dr. Fauci actively studying lingering effects of Covid-19
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Rachel Maddow about the investment and research going into studying "post-acute Covid-19 syndrome" so many people are suffering after surviving Covid-19 but dealing with lingering, debilitating symptoms that can last for months.
After Three and a Half Years, José Chicas is Going Home
       
× Expand Jade Wilson José Chicas and his wife Sandra drive out of Durham. His departure looked more like a wedding send-off than a move: dozens of neighbors circled the car to cheer Chicas on. José Chicas was told by his lawyers the next day that he was able to leave sanctuary. “Three years and seven months is easy to say, but it's not easy to live,” Sandra Marquina, Chicas's wife, told the crowd Friday afternoon. “At N.C. State, where my wife is working, they have good, good ice cream,” Chicas says.
Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Tweets?!?
       
Secondly, presidential tweets are irrevocably associated with Trump, and thus with tawdry propaganda and lies. How about “A penny saved is a penny earned.” I suppose it beats Trump’s tweets. By tweeting, Biden continues the dumbing down of normalcy. Joe Biden is restoring dignity to the presidency, in large and consequential ways. Let’s bury presidential tweets with Trump.
Boredom is a Treat
       
Well, we’re just several hours into Joe Biden’s presidency and so far the news alerts on my phone have been fairly quiet. Wednesday’s Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Inauguration finally put an end to the Trump presidency that was threatening not to end. I hope the lies, crazy conspiracies, and violent rightwing extremists disappear like Trump’s second term, but that is probably being too optimistic. With the destruction wrought by Donald Trump and the dangerous, far-right extremists he propagated and incited, Joe Biden’s “unity” is going to be a very tall order. At least we can revel in the immediate satisfaction of Trump policies being reversed and the pandemic being taken seriously.
World’s cartoonists on this week’s events
       
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Stars Are Aligning for Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers
       
On Friday, Embiid posted 38 points, 11 boards and three assists in the Philadelphia 76ers' 122-110 win over the Boston Celtics. During JJ Redick's two seasons in Philadelphia, the Sixers were plus-14.4 points per 100 possessions when Embiid and Simmons shared the floor with the all-time great shooter. Curry is second in NBA history in career three-point percentage, and Green is 50th. It isn't the most vocal minority, but there have been plenty over the years who've wondered if Philadelphia might be better off prioritizing Simmons over Embiid. For the fourth consecutive season, Simmons' usage percentage is down.
German Greens go nuclear over call to renew NATO vows
       
“The U.S. nuclear shield is essential to all non-nuclear NATO countries in Europe,” the paper says. The Greens are currently polling at about 20 percent, more than double their showing in the last election in 2017. Despite the party’s newfound mainstream appeal, the friction over Germany’s continued role in guaranteeing NATO’s nuclear deterrent suggests that Green acceptance of existing norms is far from settled. He tweeted that he could only “slap his forehead” over Ueberschär’s support for the initiative to renew the transatlantic alliance. Even so, the party has a history of breaking with orthodoxy, most notably by supporting NATO’s 1999 military intervention in Kosovo.
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EU jitters over US return to Paris Agreement
       
After years of standing up to Donald Trump’s onslaught on the Paris Agreement, Europe has no intention of being sidelined in diplomacy or losing the lead in clean tech. He said he felt "pain and some embarrassment" over the U.S.' behavior under Trump, and praised Europe for its perseverance. Kerry spoke with Frans Timmermans, the EU executive vice president in charge of the Green Deal, on Thursday. The European Green Deal, which aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, has given the EU a policy lead. This raises EU worries that a Biden-led U.S., pouring vast resources into green energy and tech, will overshadow the bloc's own efforts.
Turkish foreign minister: New EU sanctions ‘will ruin everything’
       
If the EU decides to impose further sanctions against Turkey it will ruin the dialogue between Ankara and Brussels, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu. In December, EU leaders agreed to impose further sanctions on Turkey for unauthorized drilling for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, while also keeping the door open for further dialogue. Borrell will brief EU foreign ministers on the state of play with Turkey at a meeting Monday. According to some EU diplomats, sanctions could be brought in, but would only target low-level officials. In his meetings this week, “I told everybody that any restrictive measures against Turkey will ruin everything,” he said.
Will Biden's inaugural call for unity in a divided nation endure?
       
While giving his inaugural address, Pres. Joe Biden called for a divided America to unite. Will the new president's call for unity resonate with the nation? We talk to Baratunde Thurston and Bill Kristol.
GOP's future: A rejection of Trump or the QAnon coalition?
       
Where does the Republican Party go after the Trump presidency? We discussed that with The Bulwark's Editor-at-Large, Bill Kristol.
WhatsApp facing up to €50M privacy fine
       
France's privacy authority has fined Google €50 million for separate privacy violations, while Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which has regulatory authority over Facebook, recently issued a €450,000 penalty against Twitter. The multi-million euro draft WhatsApp fine is an initial proposal from Dublin, and has been opened up to other European data protection agencies for their feedback. A spokesman for Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner declined to comment. In November, Facebook earmarked €77.5 million for a likely privacy fine against its messaging service WhatsApp, which, unlike Instagram, is a separate legal entity in Ireland and therefore has its own set of financial records. The Irish data protection agency is conducting a separate investigation into whether WhatsApp can legally share its users' data with Facebook's other digital services, among other privacy-related concerns.
Covid-19: U.S. Virus Cases Fall as Variants Spread
       
A pharmacist from Walgreens talks to staff members at an assisted living home in Jackson, Miss., about the coronavirus vaccine. The Covax global initiative is purchasing vaccine doses from Pfizer to distribute among its member nations. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyBiden keeps his focus on the pandemic, with more executive orders planned at delivering aid. Rather, he wants to impose his view, and that’s what he did through the use of these executive orders. And so I think the Biden Administration and President Biden were thinking, look, let’s do what we can to send that message.
Ask Amy: Positive Penny meets Negative Nancy
       
Lately, during the pandemic, I've noticed that she ignores any positive, happy or upbeat information I send her. She doesn't say if she is interested, she doesn't ask me to stop sending her photos — nothing. ADI'm of the opinion that friends should be happy for their friends, and good news is fun to share! — UpbeatUpbeat: I completely identify with “Sandy.”She might be less of a Negative Nancy if you were a little less of a Positive Penny. ADWe love them and get along so well, but the sleep thing just doesn't work for us.
Miss Manners: After giving thoughts and prayers, can I request updates?
       
In the meantime, Miss Manners assures you that you may safely otherwise direct your thoughts, prayers and generous deeds to others who may require it — whether they specifically reach out or not. ADDear Miss Manners: My husband and I were thrilled when I became pregnant — in particular, because the baby would be my parents' first grandchild, something that they've been looking forward to. That you felt ridiculous, Miss Manners understands, but to demand an explanation for not wanting to update their relatives 270+ times in a year is unfair. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Carolyn Hax: An inheritance play called ‘Waiting for the Dough’
       
ADADYou've been clear in the past that it's her money, she can do anything she wants with it. But we all get the distinct feeling she's dangling this "gift" in front of us in hopes of getting attention. She’s also 90, and according to you she’s slipping mentally. ADI suppose you also can say, without being an utter ghoul, when she mentions the gift again: “That’s so generous of you, Mom. If she doesn’t bite on your offer, though, then please, please stop “anxiously awaiting this money.” That’s an emotional rock in your shoe.
Impeachment manager: Trump’s conduct ‘rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors’
       
Reacting to news that Trump plotted to use the Justice Department to overturn Georgia’s election results, House impeachment manager Rep. David Cicilline tells Lawrence O’Donnell that they included Trump’s call with Georgia officials in the article of impeachment because it demonstrates part of an “effort by the president to feed a lie to his supporters to the point that they became enraged and violent.”
Rep. Ritchie Torres: ‘I would not be in the United States Congress were it not for public housing’
       
Freshman Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss how he will “fight from a place of lived experience” for his constituents in New York’s 15th Congressional district, where the unemployment rate is at 25 percent.
Biden moves to boost economy, Trump may have new legal woes
       
The Biden White House issued a slew of executive actions aimed at fixing the economy while a New York Times report detailed stunning claims of Trump's actions to use the Justice Dept. to try to overturn 2020 election results.
California snorkeler injured in shark attack in Hawaii
       
A 73-year-old California man suffered minor injuries in a shark attack off the Hawaiian island of Maui on Friday morning, state officials said. "First responders, ocean safety and conservation law enforcement officials are always pleased when someone walks away from a shark encounter with only minor injuries," the department said in a statement. State officials said officers would patrol the area to warn people not to go in the water. Last month, a surfer was fatally attacked by a shark at Honolua Bay in Maui, officials said. A 14-foot tiger shark was blamed for the attack, which included "severe lacerations" to the victim's left leg, they said.
White House Commitment to Smallest and Minority-owned Businesses Key to Solving Economic Crisis
       
WASHINGTON - On today’s White House press conference on small business relief, Main Street Alliance Government Affairs Director Didier Trinh had this to say:“Small businesses across the country are glad to see a recommitment to prioritizing their needs as we continue through an ongoing pandemic and economic crisis. More outreach and a focus on the accessibility and equitable distribution of COVID relief for minority-owned businesses is a welcome priority after a year of free-for-all, first-come first-served chaos. Small business owners without accountants and back office supports need the hands on support and technical assistance that navigators can provide. The investment in supporting small businesses through the relief programs must also be matched with a long-term commitment to expanding equitable access to capital and increased technical assistance to support new and growing small businesses after the crisis. Main Street Alliance has outlined key small business priorities for this immediate crisis, and beyond, and looks forward to working with the administration to implement these priorities.”###
A Week of Obstruction Leaves Biden Administration Without Confirmed Cabinet, Including Key National Security Roles
       
WASHINGTON - President Biden was sworn in this week with fewer confirmed Cabinet secretaries than any other president in recent history. And although control of the Senate changed on Wednesday afternoon, Minority Leader McConnell is taking unprecedented, bad-faith steps to obstruct President Biden’s Cabinet and his ability to implement his agenda. “Alejandro Mayorkas would be responsible for stopping future insurrectionist attacks against our country and this move by Hawley puts our national security at risk yet again. [ 1/19/2021 ]McConnell Obstruction Continues As He Refuses to Agree to Organizing Resolution, Further Slowing Down Biden’s Cabinet NomineesIn a last-ditch effort to obstruct President Biden’s Cabinet and agenda, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to agree to the organizing resolution that would allow Democrats to take control of committees and quickly confirm President Biden’s Cabinet. By contrast, following the 2020 election, Senate Republicans delayed, obstructed, and stalled the confirmation process for President-elect Biden’s Cabinet.
Sunrise Movement Activists Show Up Across the Country in a Show of Force: They Demand No Compromise, No Excuses
       
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, just one day after President Biden’s inauguration, the Sunrise Movement flexed their immense organizing power in over 20 states across the country, demanding Democrats and Republicans embrace the bold, progressive agenda they promised. Of the hundreds of participants nationwide, many had taken action during the general election to help elect President Biden and take back the Senate for Democrats. Create millions of good jobs, reverse systemic inequality, and put a halt to the climate crisis through a historic green recovery. Most notably, the Sunrise Movement made waves hosting a rally at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office in the Bay Area, California, a reminder of the strength they gained following their sit-in at Pelosi’s office in 2018. This comes on the heels of the Sunrise Movement’s announcement of legislative and executive priorities for the Biden administration in their Green New Deal Year One initiative.
Following the Money to Dark Places With the Stink of Trump
       
and their admissions they were in "a fit of rage" on that now-murky day after unsuccessfully trying to flee to non-extradicting Switzerland. In other words, grifters gonna grift, which is why many are urging further investigations in order to #ProsecuteThemAll. What's known to date: At least eight people listed on the rally permit granted by the National Park Service worked for Trump’s campaign. That spotlight on Trump et al will only get brighter in the lead-up to a Senate impeachment trial slated for Feb. 9. It probably didn't help when Chuck Schumer, providing comic relief with an inadvertent, smirking self-own, declared Trump must be held accountable for inciting "the erection."
MPower Action Co-Founder Linda Sarsour Releases Statement on Andrew Yang's Comments on BDS
       
WASHINGTON - In the wake of deeply offensive and dangerous comments made by Andrew Yang slandering BDS activists, Linda Sarsour, the Co-Founder of MPower Action, released the following statement:"Andrew Yang's outrageous libel of protesters peacefully opposing human rights violations is disqualifying. Yang's explicit smear of activists, and implicit insult of Palestinians, is something I'd have expected to hear from the Trump administration. As a Palestinian-American voter, and a proud New Yorker, I utterly reject Andrew Yang's absolutely false accusation against activists using principled non-violence to hold the Israeli government accountable. Would-be elected officials should listen to Palestinian-Americans voters in their districts, rather than pretend we don't exist. They should also avoid spreading dangerous falsehoods that implicate already marginalized communities and set back the fight against identifying and combating the scourge of anti-Semitism."
Media Allow Republicans to Use 'Unity' as Tool of Division
       
Having made clear at the outset which is the party of compromise, Baker wrote that Biden,reached out to Republicans with messages of conciliation, vowing to work together…. But in Mr. Biden’s opening hours at least, the outreach was more about words and symbols than tangible actions. This presents “forging bipartisan agreements” as a task that can actually be accomplished through the efforts of the president alone. Party institutionalists led by Mr. Biden want to hammer out deals with congressional Republicans, while the Democratic base is eager for Mr. Trump, his allies and his family members to be held fully accountable. This is presented as if the two are incompatible—which is only true if Republicans refuse to engage with a party that demands accountability for coup attempts.
'Mask Up, America': Biden Signs Pandemic Mandates for Traveling and Federal Properties
       
Biden: "I'm asking every American to mask up for the next 100 days." "The experts say by wearing a mask, from now until April, we’d save more than 50,000 lives." — President Biden (@POTUS) January 21, 2021"I'm asking every American to mask up for the next 100 days," Biden said at the White House Thursday. "The experts say that by wearing a mask from now until April, we'd save more than 50,000 lives," he added. President Biden is delivering long-overdue leadership by finally requiring masks for planes, trains, and interstate travel.
We Need To Stop The Fossil Fuel Industry's PR Machine
       
Now that Joe Biden is officially President, we’re about to witness the greatest propaganda effort ever put forward by the fossil fuel industry to try and block, water down, or delay meaningful climate action. As the New York Times documented in a major expose this November, the PR agency FTI Consulting set up an entire fake news-service to combat the fossil fuel divestment movement! This video featuring:@SenWhitehouse@GreenSolitaire@iGObyJAY@billmckibben@amywestervelt@DaveIhmels@ChristineArena is now running as an ad targeting the employees of major fossil-linked ad and PR agencies. please tell them to sign our Clean Creatives pledge to not work with the fossil fuel industry. But to pull off that deception, they’re going to need the help of the world’s spin masters, advertisers, and PR whizzes.
'I Never Thought I'd Live to See This Day': The Beginning of the End for Nuclear Weapons
       
Today is the day the United Nation’s Treaty on Nuclear Weapons goes into effect. Even though I’ve spent most of my life working for the abolition of nuclear weapons, I never thought I’d live to see this day. Sure, we do what we can, of course, but we’re not going to live to see the abolition of nuclear weapons. A limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan is very possible; an all-out nuclear war would end life as we know it. In addition to climate change, the nearly 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world pose an existential threat to humanity.
Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War
       
It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden’s promise to end the war in Yemen. Two of those were forced out, and the last is in the process of losing the Yemen War. Arab SpringIn 2011, Yemenis rose up against the Saleh dictatorship, similar to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Washington would have to apply strong pressure on Saudi Arabia. He also restated Biden’s campaign promise to end US support for the Yemen War.
Despite Absence of Nuke-Armed States, World Celebrates Arrival of Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
       
"Ever since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, citizens the world over have petitioned and protested for a permanent ban on nuclear weapons." "Ever since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, citizens the world over have petitioned and protested for a permanent ban on nuclear weapons. That ban—long imagined, long sought—is now, finally, in force," Fihn noted Friday, calling the historic treaty a "monumental accomplishment." Today, nuclear weapons are banned. States party to the agreement cannot develop, test, produce, acquire, possess, stockpile, use, or threaten to use nuclear weapons.
A Day of Celebration: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) Enters Into Force
       
Today, January 22, 2021, the world celebrates the establishment of a new international norm when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) enters into force. Yet the nuclear nations have neglected this obligation, following the lead of the U.S. by rebuilding their nuclear arsenals and accelerating a new arms race. The treaty prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. Cities are the main targets of nuclear weapons, and thus have a critical role to play in disarmament advocacy. Additional common sense policy solutions the U.S. should adopt include renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first, ending the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack, removing nuclear weapons from hair trigger alert, and canceling plans to replace our entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced nuclear weapons.
35 House Democrats Join Reps. Bush and Pressley in Calling on Biden to End Federal Executions for Good
       
For this reason, we urge you to immediately commute the sentences of all those on death row." ), and the other members of Congress blast the Trump administration's track record on the federal death penalty. "We appreciate your vocal opposition to the death penalty and urge you to take swift, decisive action," the letter tells Biden. Biden to commute all federal death sentences: “We're talking about people. By exercising your clemency power, you can ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill.
'One More Check Is Not Enough': Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Back Recurring Direct Payments
       
"Recurring direct payments until the economy recovers will help ensure that people can meet their basic needs, provide racially equitable solutions, and shorten the length of the recession." Omar, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) whip, is urging the newly sworn-in president to support passage of direct relief checks that continue flowing to struggling adults and dependents "until the economy recovers." The Minnesota Democrat is also stressing the need to ensure that those who were deemed ineligible for previous stimulus checks—such as many immigrants and their families—are included in the recurring payments. Last week, days before his inauguration, Biden unveiled a nearly $2 trillion relief proposal that calls for one-time direct payments of $1,400 and other key measures, including a boost to emergency unemployment benefits and an increase in nutrition assistance. )—said the $1,400 checks fall short of the $2,000 payments the president promised on the campaign trail in Georgia earlier this month.
Rights Advocates Alarmed by US Spy Agency's Purchase of Warrantless Phone Location Data
       
Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm to a report published Friday detailing how Defense Intelligence Agency analysts in recent years bought databases of U.S. smartphone location data without first obtaining warrants. "DIA's data provider does not supply separate streams of U.S. and foreign location data," the agency explained, "and so DIA processes the location data as it arrives to identify U.S. location data points, which it segregates in a separate database." The U.S. military is buying location data harvested from a Muslim prayer app with over 98 million downloads worldwide and using it for "counterterrorism." "Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source." During her Senate confirmation hearing earlier this week, Wyden asked Haines about government abuse of commercially available location data.
The Making of U.S. Empire at the Beginning of its End
       
This is not a book about the U.S. industrial-military complex or the inner workings of American capitalism and finance capitalism. The path ahead was inevitable: to shape world order as the supreme military power. But there was also a much more pressing practical matter: such a world order might be closed to liberal U.S. trade. Henry Kissinger has been marketing “world order” for six decades. The No.1 U.S foreign policy mantra is “rules-based international order”: rules, of course, set unilaterally by the Hegemon at the end of WWII.
'Hell, Even David Brooks Agrees' Democrats Should 'Absolutely Kill the Filibuster'
       
While progressives have been making this argument intensely for weeks, if not months, many were caught off guard by Brooks' endorsement. David Brooks says Democrats “should absolutely kill the filibuster” if Republicans go into obstruction mode, which they already are. "Hell, even David Brooks agrees." Democrats should tell McConnell to go pound sand, and nuke the filibuster right now." Now McConnell has broken yet another Senate norm by threatening to filibuster the Organizing Resolution unless Democrats agree to keep the legislative filibuster for the next two years.
Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'
       
Social justice organizations and Democratic lawmakers on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden's expected executive actions boosting federal food aid as part of a broader and immediate coronavirus relief effort. "While we await the details of this order," said the Massachusetts-based organization Project Bread, "we applaud the Biden administration for placing food insecurity among their top priorities. Families are struggling with food insecurity like never before. "These actions represent the most significant administrative actions by the federal government to fight domestic hunger in modern times," said Berg, calling the boosts in food aid "both smart and compassionate." The benefits of the actions go beyond helping to combat food insecurity and its related adverse health impacts, he said.
We Just Might Get a Senate Conviction
       
"Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone," one Republican member of Congress told CNN. Equally important is that Republican power brokers outside the Senate are lobbying for a conviction: The lobbying effort has included behind-the-scenes pressure by Republican donors, calls from former top Trump White House officials, and a set of talking points circulating among Republicans arguing for Trump's impeachment. And it seems Trump is finally taking this impeachment seriously; he’s managed to find a lawyer willing to represent him whose hair dye won’t stain the Senate floor. The consensus among the Republicans who spoke to CNN is that McConnell's decision on conviction will sway others. On Tuesday, in his most forceful comments yet, McConnell tied Trump's actions to the attack itself during a speech on the Senate floor.
Betrayal...it's what he does. Qbots, MAGAts, rustlers, hustlers, do do that voodoo...
       
If nothing else, nothing else, was known about the Orangutan, the single characteristic that would describe him would be his addiction to betrayal. That those sad folks were so bought in to the plots that they would be surprised and disappointed and sad is really pathetic. From his punchable-faced youth to his incredibly and somehow intentionally ugly old age, the through line of his biography is betrayal. If being betrayed on a massive scale doesn’t turn the MeeeeeeeVolk faction into something, anything else, what will? What do so many people need that they need to belong to the Herd of the Angry Armed Betrayed?
A Primer on Bail Review Hearings in Federal Court
       
It lays out the procedure a court must follow in order to detain a person pending trial. If those conditions can reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant, then the defendant must be released pending trial. They also cannot detain defendants if conditions can be imposed that can assure their appearance. Last, the losing party of that hearing may take their case to the circuit court where the district court lies. Just FYI, I am a lawyer, I do practice in federal court, and I have been an advocate in detention hearings.
Climbing the hill to conviction with eyes wide open. The fight ahead -- by the numbers.
       
The fight ahead - by the numbersConvicting the deposed despot in the Senate is the hill we must climb. And right now here are the numbers in the Senate according to the Washington Post’s Whip Count:42 Senators are ready to convict. But of the seven, I think Barasso, Lee and Young may be the easiest to sway. I pick Barasso because he is from Wyoming, and that is a state where Chaney’s still hold sway. I pick Lee because he was the one who provided the Giuliani voice mail.
CA-Sen: Alex Padilla (D) Builds Momentum To Make President Biden's Immigration Reform A Reality
       
We must keep essential workers safe and recognize their role in keeping us safe through the pandemic. I'm ready to make sweeping immigration reform a reality -- are you with me? We have deemed so many of undocumented workers as essential, and we have an obligation to treat them as essential. It's time to deliver on that promise by prioritizing immigration reform and protection for undocumented essential workers. Add your name to join the fight to pass immigration reform once and for all.
The Precious: Lawyer fired after insurrection files suit to evict Biden and dissolve Congress
       
Definitely not a Sidney Powell lawsuit, but really raises some interesting questions about competency. x OHMYGOD -They're asking the court to order the Secret Service (who aren't before the court) to evict Joe Biden (who isn't before the court) and Jill Biden (who isn't before the court) from the Residence. He also asked the court to tell the Justice Department and FBI not to arrest him. Consequently, Davis argues, every action this Congress has taken, including impeaching former President Trump and certifying President Joe Biden's victory, is "null and void." He adds that the court "should rest assured that the relief requested in this lawsuit will not result in the destruction of democracy."
WI-Sen: RoJo The Traitor Wants To Hold Pres. Biden's Cabinet Hostage To Stop Trump Impeachment Trial
       
Fucking traitor:x Democrats can’t have it both ways: an unconstitutional impeachment trial & Senate confirmation of the Biden admin’s national security team. They need to choose between being vindictive or staffing the administration to keep the nation safe. — Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) January 21, 2021Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has suggested that the Senate may not confirm President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees if Democrats proceed with an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. Trump is due to stand trial before the body following his impeachment by the House of Representatives in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot. "Democrats can't have it both ways: an unconstitutional impeachment trial & Senate confirmation of the Biden admin's national security team," Johnson tweeted on Thursday.
Police Brutality a Symptom of a Bigger Problem
       
We are hearing a lot about, "Don't let a few rotten apples spoil the whole basket". This translates as "Yeah, there are a few bad cops, but most of them are good". If these are just the acts of a few bad cops, where are all the good cops? Why aren't they standing up for themselves as their profession is dirtied by these "few bad apples"? When politicians remain silent, or offer equivocating lip service to these incidents of police brutality, they contribute to the rot.
Now is the time to honor Fred D. Gray for a lifetime of legal work that helped destroy segregation
       
I urge Joe Biden to award Fred D. Gray the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with distinction. I’m urging Joe Biden to award Fred D. Gray Sn. On December 1, 1955, just hours before her arrest, Fred Gray joined his friend and frequent lunch companion Rosa Parks for lunch. In passing, my prospective landlord commented that he was familiar with Western Reserve University because that was where Fred Gray had studied law. That Fred Gray and I were little league teammates during the summer of 1967 and later classmates in Jr High and High School after.
#StopTheLies
       
In a previous diary, I detailed how I responded creatively to sign vandalism of my two sets of “Burma-Shave”-type signs. We funded an anti-Mitch billboard and a Vote Early billboard in 2020, so doing another billboard seemed a natural path forward. While some wanted a completely positive “let’s unify” message, others felt that justice and accountability demanded a different kind of message. We live in a region that is red, red, red. Maybe we will come up with more ideas for a #StopTheLies campaign—suggestions welcome!
Don't Fall for the Pitiful Ploys Fox News is Using Against Biden to Influence and Distort the Media
       
Joe Biden has been president for two days. Luckily for Fox, they don't have any credible journalists to worry about. In a tirade against the bipartisan impeachment of Trump, Hannity lashed out saying that..."At this point, a trial serves absolutely no purpose but to inflame the tensions of this country. Joe and his fellow Democrats don't seem to care about unity. Fox thinks that by inventing crimes, they can shame other reporters into covering them, or complain if they don't.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Friday, January 22 2021
       
Knife wielding 25 term Congressman Don Young set off House metal detectors with the not-gun-shaped hunk of metal that he likes to carry. Rep. Andy Harris’ hunk of metal was definitely gun-shaped, and when he was caught, tried to slip it to another guy. With Trump out of the way, David has time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. Actually, David always has the time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. Therefore, each committee needs to be scrutinized, with respect to incoming and outgoing Senate classes.
President Biden on the hardships facing everyday Americans: 'This cannot be who we are as a country'
       
Biden: ‘[Americans] are waiting hours in their cars waiting to be able to feed their children as they drive up to a food bank. This is the United States of America, they’re waiting to feed their kids. It’s not just to meet the moral obligation to treat our fellow Americans with the dignity and respect they deserve. We have a long way to go, but at least our president is on the same page we are now. Thanks to Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Pr*sident A**clown and Dear F*cking Moron, you can purge the Trump years from your soul sans the existential dread.
Will Trump have to attend his impeachment trial?
       
So many questionsCan his appearance be compelled? Can his testimony be compelled? Fifth Amendment would apply to his testimony, but could he be granted immunity from criminal prosecution and have to testify? Ron DeSantis to get in front of cameras and declare that he will not allow a Democrat lynch mob to drag an innocent private -citizen Floridian off to an evil Democrat kangaroo court in corrupt, swampy Washington, DC? Does he immediately become the Republican front-runner for 2024 by doing so?
MO-Sen: Morning Consult Poll Confirms The Trump Divide Is Sticking With The GOP For A While
       
Here’s the latest news out of Missouri courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll:In Missouri, Hawley — who was abandoned by his political mentor, former Sen. Jack Danforth (R-Mo. Hawley’s footing remains more solid than Blunt’s with the party’s base, as strategists believe the biggest threat to Blunt’s bid for a third term would come from a primary challenger. Three in 10 Missouri Republicans “strongly” approve of the junior senator who was elected in 2018, compared with 18 percent who favor Blunt with the same vigor. It previously stood at 23 points ahead of Jan. 6 as Blunt helped certify Biden’s victory in his role as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Among all voters in their respective states, both Cruz and Hawley have seen opposition grow over the past two or three months.
Here's what happens when you agree to a filibuster for Republicans.
       
McConnell: So, it’s agreed — we keep the filibuster, and you get your appointments and a fair hearing on judicial candidates. Schumer: We now convene the first session of …McConnell: I move to end this session, and retire until 2022. McConnell: You do NOT get to do that — we filibuster it — you agreed to those rules, and we have to vote to change it… and we will never vote. McConnell: Yes, but I run this senate now in every meaningful way. McConnell: Maybe, we’ll see — I’m sure we’ll get you to agree to give that up too, the next emergency that comes up.
A wonderful Chassidic video. Not here to preach or convert, but to share.
       
You might know something about Orthodox Jews, but perhaps less about the subset known as Hasidic Judaism. Showing this video is not meant to convert, more to, well share, educate and entertain. And although I am not yet a member of the specific subset of Judaism I came across this wonderful video. Please if you’re not interested in religion more specifically Judaism, this diary and video is not for you. But if you’re interested in religion or education of religion this video, in my view, is worth watching.
Democrats, stop pussyfooting. The undemocratic filibuster must go now.
       
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U.N.I.T.Y.
       
Her words seem most appropriate for Republicans who ruled the Senate with an iron fist in a barbed wire glove. Over and over when Republicans would win elections they were quick to say, we won, get over it snowflakes. There were no offers of unity or listening to the multitudes, 66 million in the 2016 election, who voted for the loser. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. I was so afraid that America would revisit my worst fears and re-elect, as Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO.)
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber at the National Inaugural Prayer Service: Repair the Breach
       
I haven’t seen any posts about the National Prayer Service yesterday, so here goes. Dr. William J. Barber II, and felt the need to amplify his inspiring words, however imperfectly my attempt. [Note: If you are not a fan of religion in general, please feel free to click away to another diary. I recommend taking in the full service, with outstanding musical performances, and an incredible rainbow of pastors featured. Bishop Barber echoes this sentiment, saying that “no, America has never yet been all the she has hoped to be” and it will be so only when we do the hard, policy work of repairing society’s breaches.
Hey, Mr. President, If You're Not Busy...
       
Thirty executive orders/actions in 48 hours. I’m not sure it will even take an executive order, maybe just a quick call four blocks up the Avenue to say, “Hey! Because what better time to allow companies to crank out the pollutants than in a global respiratory pandemic, am I right? I understand you’ve got a lot going on right now, but could you make that call up the street sometime? A lot of folks down in the River Parishes would appreciate that.
Why are we even talking about the Filibuster?
       
This will be short:I am surprised we are talking, thinking, and lamenting about the filibuster even to this day. In 2013 the filibuster was weakened because the Republicans would not let Obama do anything (this will be repeated for Biden if we let them). The filibuster is now small and weak and ready to be, as Grover N said, drowned in a bathtub. It’s really easy to do: Any senator could walk up to the lectern and say:“I’m not sure why we are even talking about the filibuster. Once Mitch McConnell decided to pick and choose the power of the filibuster, he wrote and signed it’s obituary.”“McConnell killed the filibuster in 2017, so why are we still talking about it today instead of doing the people’s work of getting this great nation and it’s amazing citizens back on their feet?”
Street Prophets Friday
       
It had been a long time since I thought much about our little blue satellite site, the original Street Prophets. I ain’t exactly a short stack myself, but between the little guy and myself we had no easy task keeping that guy upright. One of the women alternated between thanking me and scolding the unconscious guy— who was beginning to come around. Denial, strawmen and sidestepping, I’ve got to get to work, will reply later— crickets, crickets, crickets. Been a long, long time since I caught a whiff of justice from across the pond.
Trump Residue: The Baby Edition
       
One example I see is coming is seeming in a most innocuous form, from a “Baby Sleep Influencer” or something like that. The “Baby Sleep Influencer” comes with an article from Buzz Feed, www.buzzfeednews.com/… (not the most easy to read news site but quite nice through Apple News.) “What must her followers do?” Since it’s been clear that, listing her business on donations, she’s been supporting the 45 Death Machine for years. Then when you put it all in the context of baby sleep, of course, the contradiction between stated goals (baby sleep) and what she may, in fact support (sleepless chaotic Armageddon?) Maybe just tell every other person who defiantly supported (well, probably still supports) the 45 Death Machine how they were wrong.
Thank you for your service, General Lloyd Austin!
       
General Austin, thank you for your service and your leadership. I'm very confident you will handle sexual assault and sexual harassment grievances. I'm also hoping you will address post traumatic stress disorder for our troops and hazing. Thank you for your Service and your leadership. pic.twitter.com/qPAzVRxz9L — Lloyd Austin (@LloydAustin) January 22, 2021
A Forester's Adventures in Chile, Part 1
       
Was I interested in going to Tierra del Fuego to work on a big forestry job? Wow, Tierra del Fuego, all the way to the tip of the South American continent and beyond, to the last major land mass before Antarctica. It held boots, sturdy clothes, rain gear, a forester’s vest, and an array of measuring tools and electronic devices. I bought it for the Chile trip, and still use it on my working trips to the Pacific Northwest. Oh well, I thought, at least when I reach Miami, I will be traveling with people who have been to Chile before.
Grocery workers of Tennessee are at the bottom of the vaccine waiting list
       
Grocery store workers in the State of Tennessee are considered Category 3 in vaccine priority, at the bottom of the essential workers list. This is the message she sent out:This is my friend Robert , he is and his wife, are grocery store workers and both of them have contracted covid. Our grocery store workers have been risking their lives everyday since the beginning of the pandemic so that we could have food on our tables. We are requesting Gov Bill Lee move our grocery store workers up to phase 1b. Our grocery store workers are counting on our help.
1 BILLION Dollar MEGA Millions Daily Kos Lotto Pool thread 2
       
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Poem: Onward Henry “Hank” Aaron
       
Onward Henry “Hank” AaronAs a baseball fan of many yearsPlease forgive, while I take a moment,To brush away my falling tearsThat come from hearing of a player lostFrom our games of play. Tears leakFrom memories of what his mighty bat could yieldOf baseballs soaring high above the furthest fenceAnd also for the great man off the fieldA giant of kindness and community and confidence. Thanks Hank, and best wishes. Carl Scott Harker ©2021_____________________________________Need a bit of an escape? Why not visit Oz and find out what Frankenstein’s Monster discovered there in my short book: Frankenstein's Monster In Oz.
A Decent Man
       
Phil Scott, so here's a pretty Vermont scene. Now, despite taking every precaution, he and members of his staff have been exposed to covid, and are in quarantine. Today, during his regular Friday presser, he was asked by John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio if it was about time he got the vaccine, since he is certainly an essential worker. But damn, he’s a decent, compassionate man. He cares deeply about the people of Vermont, whether they voted for him or not.
This Incredible Story Shows The Huge Difference Between Democrats and Republicans
       
Democrats in Washington introduced a new bill that would automatically restore the voting rights of the formerly incarcerated once they leave prison. Per The Seattle Times, the bill would give voting rights back to about 10,000 Washingtonians, who right now have to either apply for that right. As Simmons told the Times, this isn’t just an important step for voting rights, it’s a moment of personal redemption. But Simmons went back to school, becoming the first in her family to graduate high school and then college. Republicans in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas have been trying to chip away at voting rights for years.
Capitol Insurrection Arrests
       
I’ve been trying to keep tabs on the ongoing quest for justice for the capitol insurrectionists, and thought you might too. USA Today is keeping a running tab. 133 federal arrests as of Friday, Jan. 22. per USA Today. 113 charged per Department of Justice, which has been slower to update. Both sites show increased number of arrests on 1/21.
Josh Hawley, This Is Your Coup
       
Just Make Him Go AwayAnother gem from Lincoln Project...x YouTube VideoIt’s good to see the Lincoln Project continuing its good work after November!
Black Kos, Week In Review ~ Poet Amanda Gorman deserves the spotlight
       
But right now, Amanda Gorman is in the spotlight and she deserves every bit of it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEWS ROUND UP BY DOPPER0189, BLACK KOS MANAGING EDITOR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Glad the Trump era is over, this policy needs to be over as well. Across the Black press, from the early to mid-20th century, writers opined and recorded the store’s relationship with Chicago’s Black residents. In 1905, Broad Ax published a scathing critique of the department store, noting the store’s refusal to hire Black employees. Photograph: RSPB~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WELCOME TO THE FRIDAY’S PORCHIF YOU ARE NEW TO THE BLACK KOS COMMUNITY, GRAB A SEAT, SOME CYBER EATS, RELAX, AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
Me and Hank Aaron (reprise)
       
Before you get too excited, let me say that I have never met Hank Aaron. But I always wanted to say "me and Hank Aaron" and it makes a catchy title. Hank Aaron was Atlanta's best player, just as he had been Milwaukee's. My concerns are greater than catching or hitting a ball now, but in all the years I have followed Hank Aaron, he has never disappointed me. And it's partly because of sports and people like Hank Aaron.
Is Newsom About To Slide Down And Out Of Office?
       
Things may have truly gotten bad for Gavin Newsom. Earlier today, the AP made a report that Newsom, and by extension, California, has been hiding important data regarding the virus, and refuses to be transparent about things like ICU availability, bed availability, and so on. Likewise, it also effectively says “why is Newsom continuing to have certain things closed but not others?”You can read all about that here: apnews.com/…With a report like this, the “Recall Newsom” stunt may actually roar to life and threaten his hold of the governorship. If the recall gets enough traction, they might try to attack Cuomo this way as well. If that can happen to someone like Davis, then imagine what could happen to Newsom and/or Cuomo.
Ensuring Good Government Is Held Accountable
       
I’ve posted here on numerous occasions about my back and forth with Social Security Disability. Whomever I spoke to took no accountability for his actions, and attempted to shift the blame squarely onto me. In this unprecedented moment, we are asking the federal government to make significant changes, many of which must be enacted. This was a massive fail on its part, and, writ large, it does not need to be repeated. Social Security, first enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the New Deal, is one such program.
Biden Day Three: First 100 Days
       
Speaker Pelosi sending impeachment documents to Senate tomorrow. Terrific Press secretary’s day three. No discussion of crowd sizes which Shawn Spicer lied about by saying that Trump’s crowd was bigger than Obama’s. So much for the working class which Trump ran on then turned his back on. When asked how he felt returning to the White House, he said, “Like I’m coming home.”
BREAKING NEWS-Keith Olbermann Tweets That Trump Funded The Coup.
       
Attn: fellow Kossacks: Robert has been living in abject poverty for some time, and has no food even for his pooties or wuzzles. If you can find it in your heart to help, his story is here gofundme.com/... and how to help immediately can be found here: (GoFundme is not immediate access to funding.) www.paypal.com/... I will AGAIN match the first $100 donated and will update this post with receipts of proof of my match. Here is a pic of previous matches, along with donations to others in need:In any case thanks for reading and be well.
Republicans Packed the Supreme Court and We Must Unpack It
       
A long time ago, before the inauguration, before the armed uprising, before the court election challenges, before the election, there was an incident that enraged half the country. That incident was the packing of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by Senate Republicans, who rammed through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. At the time of his nomination, he had more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. Obama nominated Garland when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, in February 2016. His denial of confirmation was solely the result of a partisan decision by Senate Republicans to refuse him a confirmation vote.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN--Day2--Evening Shade-Friday
       
x"Chuck Schumer is the majority leader and he should be treated like majority leader. We can get shit done around here and we ought to be focused on getting stuff done," said Sen. Jon Tester. "If we don't, the inmates are going to be running this ship." https://t.co/WdWWoKVHFE
Dr. Fauci has that Liberating feeling. So do we!
       
Dr. Fauci: “One of the things that we’re going to do is be completely transparent, open, and honest. This is one of my favorites songs for Dr. Fauci from April 2020 ?Let’s get to know Dr. FauciFrom en.wikipedia.org/… —Anthony Fauci was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Stephen A. Fauci and Eugenia Abys Fauci, owners of a pharmacy, 80 years ago. Dr. Fauci has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how HIV destroys the body's defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections. According to the Web of Science, Dr. Fauci ranked 7th out of more than 1.8 million authors in the field of immunology by total citation count between 1980 and January 2020. Dr. Fauci will on the Rachel Maddow show tonight -x Dr. Anthony Fauci will be a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show for the very first time tomorrow!
The Greatest Scandal Ever: Watch-gate
       
The New York Times has broken a story of the first scandal of the Biden presidency. They have photographic proof that Joe Biden wore a Rolex watch at the inauguration. It is time to swiftly call for a special prosecutor to find out where he bought this watch and what he intends to do with it. If he makes the shocking move to wear this watch again it will be time to draw up articles of impeachment without delay. Is That a Rolex on Biden’s Wrist?
January 6 is only the beginning.
       
January 6 was only a beginning. There is a schism in the Republican Party, but it’s not the one that most pundits are pointing to. Republicans have already proven that they were willing to disregard the election results if it mean keeping a Republican in office. Democratic elections be damned, the schism in the Republican Party is now only whether violence will be an acceptable means to retain control. I’m ready to have shirts made if it means that we can divide the current Republican Party in two so that neither half is able to ever govern again.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Jan. 22, 2021: This and That
       
Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well. Quick question: do you also believe the Geneva Convention was about the views of the citizens of Geneva? https://t.co/QNH8H2IIhV — Dara Kass, MD (@darakass) January 22, 2021The weekend begins now. Come in, be comfortable, and share your day, your weekend plans, your menus!
Tweet Back to Maureen Dowd
       
Dowd praised Twitter for finally stopping Trump. I tweeted to her:You helped Trump to win by hurting Hillary in your columns. You did what ever you could to keep Hillary out of office. You can spit on the graves of Vets dead of Covid. By helping Trump, you helped put them there.
A Year and A Day; Terry Jones
       
Terry Jones and friend in halcyon times at the Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles. One of the most brilliant was Python’s Terry Jones. It has been a year and a day since he walked on January 21, 2020 — weeks before I was to visit again. Terry remained steady and faithful with his friendship through all of that and even comforted my children during that terrible time. Terry Jones & 714day WhatsApp with friendsReady for a walk
NYT: Trump Plotted With DOJ Lawyer to Oust Acting AG In Effort to Overturn Georgia Results
       
The New York Times is reporting yet another desperate attempt by FORMER President Donald Trump to overturn the presidential election results. This time, Trump reportedly plotted to oust acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen and replace him with a more compliant DOJ lawyer who would support efforts to force Georgia state lawmakers to decertify its slate of electors pledged to Joe Biden. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark. The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed? Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.
The GOP actually may have a win-win vote in the upcoming impeachment trial
       
The first second impeachment trial for the same president in historyIt's really quite simple. Their choice today in the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate is to either vote to convict to save their party or vote to convict to save the nation. For the last four years, the GOP has rooted for and has voted party over national interest on nearly every occasion. A vote to acquit in the impeachment trial will certainly doom the GOP as both sides split to their own corners leaving them forever unable to unify to win another election as the effect eventually trickles to the down ballot candidates. In the mean time, many of them will shift to an independent party designation caucusing with what's left of the GOP, not voting at all or some actually voting for the Democratic Party.
Breaking News: Donald Trump and Justice Dept official plotted to oust acting AG 2 push his big lie!
       
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results. The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark. The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed? They would resign.
Friday Night Beer Blog: Inauguration 2021 Edition
       
Madam Veep's IPA: 5.7% ABV Brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops, this juicy India Pale Ale is packed with citrus flavor. Also in the obvious column is the in-joke with respect to Vice President Harris’ ancestry, for the Madam Veep’s IPA. But the Biden Beer was a different matter, again per Lieffring:“They decided to go with a Kolsch, a type of light beer, lower in alcohol, especially good cold, and with fewer hops to keep the bitterness low. Instead, the dinner beer here was a different Pale Ale, a SweetWater Brewing Co. 420 Pale Ale. Plus, in maybe a very tenuous connection to the new VP, SweetWater’s marketing collateral describes 420 Pale Ale thus:“A tasty West Coast style Extra Pale Ale accentuated with a stimulating hop character”With that, Happy New US Presidency, and time to turn it over to you folks.
Jeffrey Clark's idea to weaponize the DOJ to 'stop the steal' is an impeachable offense
       
But one thing is beyond doubt—by floating this idea to Trump, Clark committed an impeachable offense. Clark’s full-time job is assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Like all assistant attorneys general, he is subject to Senate confirmation. Moreover, there would be no bar to criminally prosecute Clark at the same time. You and the rest of the House Judiciary Dems need to get on the ball and draft articles of impeachment against Clark.
Building Back. Better?: 'BradCast' 1
       
It's only Day 3 for the Biden Administration, but it feels like Donald Trump has been gone for months. On today's BradCast, we catch up with the new President's flurry of Executive Actions since taking office and the GOP's attempt to continue Senate dysfunction, even with Democrats now (theoretically) in the majority. Also today, some news on Donald Trump's upcoming second Senate Impeachment Trial, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces plans to transmit Trump's latest Article of Impeachment -- for "Incitement of Insurrection" -- to the upper chamber on Monday. So far, Dayen observes, Senate Democrats appear unwilling to give up the leverage of potentially doing away with the filibuster. Finally, we close a remarkable and historic week -- the last one to include Donald Trump as President of the United States (was that still this week?!)
Stupid Republican of the Day: Patrice Kimbler
       
Patrice Kimbler, a 2020 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in CA-36 and a sucker who buys into numerous conspiracy theories. Welcome to what is the 955th profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be discussing Patrice Kimbler, a failed 2020 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 36th Congressional District, who wanted to challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz but was probably undone by the fact that she’s a kook who believes in the Qanon conspiracy theory while running for Congress. Feel free to further scan her Twitter feed for other conspiracy theory nonsense and slander of the BlackLivesMatter movement supposedly invading churches, if you want to go down the rabbit hole of this kook. Patrice Kimbler finished fourth in the open primary for the seat, getting just 7.6% of the vote. One Year Ago, January 22nd, 2020: Jeffrey Pierce (ME)Two Years Ago, January 22nd, 2019: Josh Moore (NH)… 2019 UpdateThree Years Ago, January 22nd, 2018: Josh Moore (NH)… 2018 UpdateFour Years Ago, January 22nd, 2017: Josh Moore (NH)… Original ProfileFive Years Ago, January 22nd, 2016: Steve Martin (VA)… 2016 UpdateSix Years Ago, January 22nd, 2015: Steve Martin (VA)… Original Profile
'Occult and Psychical Sciences': "Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary" NY Times?
       
Adrian Gomez lives with his partner in Los Angeles, where their first few days of sheltering in place for the coronavirus pandemic proved uneventful. They worked remotely, baked, took a two-mile walk each morning and refinished their porcelain kitchen sink. But then, one night, the doorknob began to rattle “vigorously,” so loud he could hear it from across the apartment. “I very seriously hid myself under the comforter, like you see in horror movies, because it really did freak me out,” he said. Now, though neither he nor his partner noticed any unexplained activity at home before this, the couple can “distinctly” make out footsteps above their heads.
PWB Peeps Open Thread
       
I had a copy of the book illustrated by Edward Gorey and written by Edward Lear published by Jan Brett. Note: Edward Gorey also illustrated my favorite book by T. S. Elliot, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. I need to take time away from the internet land and take care of real world issues. I have other projects that require more time away from the laptop and more face time here at home. Feel free to stick around for some real good conversation.
He told us he as going to contest it from the beginning...
       
The coup d'etat conspiracy started as soon as he won in 2016Trump started campaigning for 2020 as soon as he won in 2016. He knew he needed to win again, either fairly or by cheating, in 2020 to escape prosecution — the story of his criminal con-man life. Every rally, every lie was a step in his plans to wrest power either by hook or by crook. GOP officials jumped on his band wagon casting doubt not just on the outcome of our electoral process, but upon the electoral process itself! I want to know if & when the Republicans will start treating the Democrats’ votes/and sharing of power with decency?
Top Comments: Sleep
       
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BREAKING: Trumps Tried to Oust Acting Attorney General
       
No text available ATM because the story is new and on-going. Click HERE to see the segment. NYT: Trump and DOJ lawyer said to have plotted to oust acting attorney general New York Times Justice Department reporter Katie Benner joins Chris Hayes to discuss her reporting that Trump weighed ousting the acting attorney general to install a loyalist in his place instead. Yes, Trump tried to oust an Acting Attorney General so he could install someone who do his bidding. Per MSNBC I’m watching now, this is election fraud, writ large.
Georgia voters feel "betrayed" by Democrats already: Honor the $2000 promise!
       
I, like many of my fellow Democrats, are still basking in the glow of the beautiful inauguration. Democrats now control the House, Senate, and Presidency. By the narrowest margins, we won the Senate by capturing Georgia (even typing this it seems surreal to me). They just listened to Democrats pledge “$2000” if they were elected. 'I'm a man of principle and morals and I feel like s**t. I lied to them,' Rogelio Linares.
How the anti-abortion movement fed the Capitol insurrection
       
Abortion advocates have long warned that it was only a matter of time before the rhetoric became violent. Many reproductive justice advocates have argued that the anti-abortion movement is a white supremacist movement, but what’s certain is that in recent years the anti-abortion movement’s many iterations have made inroads with extreme right-wing groups—including militia movements and white supremacist groups. This ideology is largely informed by longtime leaders in the violent wing of the anti-abortion movement. While white men represent the vast majority of the more extreme wings of the anti-abortion movement, white women are also very active, yet are reported on far less. On the other hand, members of the anti-abortion movement who stormed the Capitol were so confident that nothing would happen to them that they livestreamed their crimes.
Furious Trumpists are already lining up to primary Republicans who voted for impeachment
       
MI-06: There hasn't been any reporting yet about backlash directed at veteran Rep. Fred Upton, but that doesn't mean there isn't any. NY-24: Local Republican and Conservative Party officials are quite pissed at Rep. John Katko, though there's been no real talk of a primary challenge yet. SC-07: We've previously written about two Republicans who are considering challenges to Rep. Tom Rice, but now a third is threatening to enter the fray. However, like Valadao, both enjoy a measure of protection thanks to Washington's top-two primary system, which works just like California's. Unlike Tom Rice in South Carolina, Cheney could escape with a plurality because Wyoming has no runoffs.
'Ware the "Dirtbag Left"
       
Around 2015 I was turned on to this new, hip young podcast called Chapo Trap House. The "dirtbag left". Now, I've given a lot of words to Chapo specifically here, just because they're the most egregious example, but they're far from the only one. And as time has gone on their "ironic" racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia has become far less ironic and far more "mask off"So, as the title says, 'ware the dirtbag "left". They might hate capitalism, but they hate progressives and liberals so much that they'll happily team up with fascists to "own" you.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs or How to Talk about Climate
       
Even more jobs would be created if we got serious about energy efficiency and began to retrofit our existing buildings to net zero energy or near net zero energy standards, where a building provides all or most of the energy it needs on its own. Such building energy standards are being gradually adopted in the EU and CA where all building, including renovations, will have to meet those standards by 2030. There were 1.3 million solar installations in the USA in 2017 by one count and may be 1.9 million in 2019 by another. The DOE predicted there will be 3.8 million solar homes by the end of 2020. These first days of a Biden administration may be the perfect time to be practical and demand the impossible: making 90% of our homes net zero or near net zero energy and getting 100% of our energy from renewables by 2030.
These migrants likely would've been protected by Biden. ICE deported them day before he took office
       
“ICE deported 25 people to Mauritania last fiscal year, down from 98 two years before. His family said he’d been swept up during what he thought was a routine immigration appointment. “He has the bare minimum of the language, he doesn’t know the culture, he doesn’t know anyone there. So my brother cannot go there.”Mother Jones reports that ICE halted Pierrilus’ deportation “[f]ollowing pressure from advocates and newly-elected Rep. Mondaire Jones.” While apparently now protected from deportation by that pressure and Biden’s moratorium, he’s still languishing in ICE’s custody. Nearly 15,000 people's lives are now in the administration's hands, in dangerous ICE detention centers and at risk during a pandemic.” We must do better, and that time starts right now.
McConnell's white supremacist roots are showing in his filibuster fight
       
Thomas Jefferson wrote an early manual for the Senate establishing "procedures for silencing senators who debated 'superfluous, or tediously.'" The filibuster quite literally came about in the 19th century to fight the abolition of slaves. His talking filibuster morphed over the decades into the 1917 Jim Crow-era Rule 22, which required a supermajority to (now 60 senators) to overcome a legislative filibuster. "In 1951, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights ranked filibuster reform alongside criminalizing lynching and ending segregation," he writes. "Civil rights activists knew that the filibuster was one of the most potent weapons used by southern reactionaries to prevent racial justice."
CNN reports: Mitch McConnell & some Republicans quietly working to Convict Trump in the Senate
       
By Michael Warren and Jamie GangelAs the House prepares to send articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, CNN has learned that dozens of influential Republicans around Washington -- including former top Trump administration officials -- have been quietly lobbying GOP members of Congress to impeach and convict Donald Trump. But it's now more focused on Sen. Mitch McConnell, the powerful minority leader who has signaled he may support convicting Trump. But it's now more focused on Sen. Mitch McConnell, the powerful minority leader who has signaled he may support convicting Trump. "Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone," one Republican member of Congress told CNN. It is in the GOP interest to have him gone.
Table: Convicting Trump with fewer than 17 GOP votes
       
As we’re all aware, it takes a 2/3 vote in the Senate to convict Trump. Since there are 100 US Senators, this usually gets short-handed to 67 votes… or 17 Republican Senators joining with the 48 Democrats and 2 independents. Here are 18 “pathways” to convicting Trump in the Senate. The first 3 columns break out the 50 Republican Senators by their 3 possible actions: vote to convict, vote to acquit, or don’t show up. The last column shows a final 2/3 vote after adding in 50 votes to convict from the Democrats and independents.
Why do Democratic Presidents have to be the janitors for America?
       
Throughout my entire lifetime we have yo-yo’ed back and forth between Republican presidents and Democratic presidents. The curse of a one term president. “Trickle down economics” was renamed “Voo doo economics” and one term wasn’t nearly enough to try to reform that (even if he would have — who knows?). Well, unless you count all of these that The Daily Show highlighted:x YouTube Video2017-2021Wow, that was just boring, wasn’t it? Definitely wasn’t boring!
What happened last time Congress was attacked
       
It seems those who attacked the Capitol last week are being charged and arrested like they have over-due parking tickets. There is a sort of precedent to what happened on January 6. In 1954 gunmen from Puerto Rico shot into the well of the House of Representatives injuring five members of Congress. They were arrested and tried and given long prison sentences. We ought to see the current class of traitors treated in a similar manner.
Voting Rights Roundup: Biden rescinds Trump order that tried to weaponize the census against Latinos
       
State House Republicans passed an online registration bill last year, but state Senate Republicans failed to advance it in committee. Republicans themselves first expanded mail voting in Arizona, establishing the permanent mail voting list in 2007, and most Arizona voters now cast ballots by mail: The permanent list contains 3.2 million of Arizona's 4.3 million registered voters. If this bill becomes law, purged voters would have to reapply for a new mail ballot. Last year, Beshear and Adams agreed to suspend the excuse requirement for voting by mail and implement early voting. Furthermore, another provision requires Beshear to seek approval from Republican state Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office to suspend a state law during an emergency, which Beshear decried as unconstitutional.
Overnight News Digest
       
Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, Interceptor7, Magnifico, annetteboardman, jck, and Besame. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. From CNN:Police shut down ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding with 150 guests amid London lockdown By Chloe Adams, Amy Woodyatt and Jack Guy, CNN London (CNN)Police in London shut down an ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding with approximately 150 guests on Thursday. The organizer faces a £10,000 ($13,700) fine for breaking England's coronavirus lockdown, according to police. From the BBC:Coronavirus: European Union vaccine woes increase A second coronavirus vaccine manufacturer has warned of supply issues, frustrating European Union efforts to distribute the jab.
Poll: Steamroller #1
       
I also understand you will do what it takes to stay on top of what happens. If you want to change that for the better, have a soft start studying only the last five years. And now you have the guts to threaten the President with ”calamities” if he takes advantage of your steamrolling example. “But this week, [Mitch] McConnell has insisted that Democrats provide assurances on maintaining the filibuster, our colleague Mike DeBonis reports. “The people intentionally entrusted both political parties with significant power to shape our nation’s direction,” McConnell said.
Qanon "Shaman" Claims To Have Been Duped By Trump.
       
The legal representative of Jacob Chansley—better known as the “QAnon Shaman,” who burst into the U.S. Capitol wearing furs and Viking horns—has said his client feels cheated by Trump. QAnon is a conspiracy theory that casts Mr Trump as a saviour figure and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals. And I am reasonably sure it would be something defiant because Chansley had another delusion besides belief in Qanon. Chansley asked Trump for a presidential pardon. Imagine that Trump didn’t deliver on a pardon for Chansley.
Dear President Biden, An Indigenous Perspective on Your Inauguration
       
Dear President Biden,I congratulate you and Vice President Harris on choosing to launch your administration by taking some powerful steps for the climate and Mother Earth. In keeping with our ancestral knowledge, Indigenous peoples have stood firmly against the exploitation of the Canadian tar sands. That would be a real start toward correcting 500 years of genocidal policies against the Indigenous people of this land. Signed,Casey Camp-HorinekEnvironmental AmbassadorElder & Hereditary DrumkeeperPonca Tribe of Oklahoma~Learn more about Movement Rights work for climate justice, Indigenous Rights and Rights of Nature. Movement Rights is also part of the coalition to #BuildBackFossilFree, aimed at encouraging President Biden to use all the tools at his disposal to avert further climate disruption.
Insomniacs' Vent Hole with James Corden
       
Whatado evraybody, whatado. My obligation is now over, until next time. THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN will feature six-time All-Pro SUPER BOWL Champ Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), along with Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett on its special post-AFC Championship game, to be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 20 (11:35 PM-12:35 AM, ET/8:35 PM-9:35 PM, PT; time is approximate) on the CBS Television Network. This special episode will tape immediately following the AFC Championship game from THE LATE LATE SHOW stage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. Corden will take Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett to Space Camp, test Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's accuracy when he is not throwing a football, and attend Touchdown Dance Bootcamp with professional football linemen Malik Jackson (Jacksonville Jaguars), A'Shawn Robinson (Detroit Lions), Justin Pugh (Arizona Cardinals) and Brandon Parker (Oakland Raiders).
The End of Alex Jones? Texas Supreme Court Rejects Request to Toss Lawsuits from Sandy Hook Parents
       
One step closer to relief and justice for the families of Sandy Hook violence victims. BY TAL AXELROD - 01/22/21 03:03 PM ESTThe Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss four defamation lawsuits against him from parents whose children were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The rulings, which came without comment from the justices, upheld decisions by two lower courts allowing the lawsuits to proceed. Twenty-six people were killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, including 20 children and six adults. The suits against Jones cite various comments he made about the shooting, including that the shooting was “a giant hoax” and a “false flag” intended to promote support for gun control measures.
Fox News is super upset about the new 'Time' magazine cover drawing: 'That picture isn't real!'
       
x Harris Faulkner appears to be unfamiliar with the concept of satire pic.twitter.com/8cXBUDrM0B — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 22, 2021HARRIS FAULKNER: “I mean, that’s not real. Don’t we care … I thought we were a nation who cared about the facts.”What was your first clue that it wasn’t real, Harris? Oh, gracious, we are at perdition’s gates.”Were you this irate when Donald Trump lied about inheriting a “mess” of an economy from Barack Obama? You can all pretend Donald Trump left the ship of state ship-shape, but he didn’t. Thanks to Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Pr*sident A**clown and Dear F*cking Moron, you can purge the Trump years from your soul sans the existential dread.
Trump fired the White House Chief Usher and left no one to open the door for the Bidens.
       
A perfect story to encapsulate what an unfit dick Trump was. Apparently, on his way out the door, Trump fired the White House Chief Usher — and sent all the staff home — so that no one was there to open the White House door when the Bidens arrived. As one of their last acts during President Donald Trump’s tenure, the Trump team appears to have sacked the chief White House usher. “It happened before we walked in the door,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday when asked about the fate of Timothy Harleth, the former chief usher. Harleth, before his government work began in 2017, was a manager at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
"Won't you please be nice to him? It makes it so much easier."
       
The words echo because just like then, those I love are at risk, their lives endangered. "Won't you please be nice to him? My mother asked me to be nice to her violent husband, the man who had terrorized us for years. It makes it so much easier.”We’re learning day by day how everything we love has been put at risk by the previous administration. I can not tolerate being asked yet again to be “nice” to those who have caused so much pain.
Rioter Who Helped Drag Officer Down Capitol Steps Tried To Flee To Switzerland, Then Commit Suicide
       
Jeffrey Patrick Sabol (pictured somewhere in this melee) failed in both of his attempts to evade justice. Law & CrimeA man who helped drag a police officer down the U.S. Capitol steps tried to flee to Switzerland after the day of the siege and then, in what authorities called a different type of flight effort, attempted suicide, prosecutors told a judge on Friday. NBC4 New YorkJeffrey Sabol turned himself in to FBI in Rye, New York, NBC 4 New York has learned. He is charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer or federal function. Sabol allegedly tried to flee the country to Switzerland, according to the federal prosecutor.
Wait, Not All the News is Soul-Crushingly Horrifying, What the F**k is Going On?
       
Joe n’ Kamala rolled up their freshly-inaugurated sleeves and got straight to work, cuz the Augean stables ain’t gonna clean themselves, folks. New oil and gas leases/drilling permits on U.S. lands and waters have also been paused, and the unceasing fire hose of fascist disinformation has finally, finally been shut off in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. Before long, we’re gonna find out Eric n’ Junior were down in that crowd, passing out meth and zip ties, aren’t we? (In all fairness, boys, while I’m generally a fan of your Constitution, it appears y’all left some shit out.) I’m gonna play it by ear for now.
We finally know why cats love catnip: it protected their ancestors in the wild
       
Most of us with cats don’t get to see them interact with whole catnip plants, but when they do, the response is very similar. Miyazaki and coworkers found that the active ingredient in silver vine is the very similar nepetalactol. But then finally, the REAL test: Would cats that had been given silver vine leaves to face-rub against actually be protected from disease-carrying mosquitoes? The number of mosquitoes landing on the heads of cats who had face-rubbed silver vine leaves was cut in half, with 98% statistical confidence. When cats rubbed nepetalactone or silver vine leaves with their faces, fewer mosquitoes landed on their headsSo you can just imagine what rolling in a whole catnip bush will do for you.
Pelosi confirms House will send impeachment article to Senate on Monday, updates members on security
       
Pelosi also informed her colleagues about security at the Capitol, informing them that "General Russel Honoré is preparing his assessment of the security of the campus, and we expect to have updates soon." The issue escalated this week when Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, tried to bring a concealed gun onto the House floor, which is a violation of House rules. A number of Republicans have blown off the detectors and disrespected Capitol Police trying to enforce the new protocols. Any House member will face a $5,000 fine if they refuse to cooperate with the screening. That money will be withheld from their paychecks—they can't use campaign funds or their expense accounts to pay them.
Cartoon: White House exit interviews
       
Until the seditious congressmembers are expelled or hobbled by eliminating the senate filibuster, they’ll continue to stall everything in order to steal power back in 2022 and beyond.
DOJ investigating U.S. attorney pressured to resign during Trump's attempt to overturn Georgia votes
       
If Trump called on Pak to resign out of the blue, that’s odd, but it’s far from illegal. In any case, with Pak’s departure, Trump immediately backfilled by expanding the territory of South District of Georgia prosecutor Bobby Christine. However, Christine doesn’t seem to have made any overt moves to support Trump’s efforts to overturn the choice of Georgia voters. As with so many stories coming from Trump’s final months, it may take some time to understand exactly what Trump did in his efforts to sink democracy. But it’s okay to go ahead with the impeachment trial before all this information is understood.
Coronavirus: Covid infection rates among teachers and school support staff 'much higher' than among general public
       
Taken together for primary and secondary school teachers the average rate of infection is nearly double that of the general population, with a similar incidence among special school teachers. Using this data, the NEU has estimated the rate of coronavirus infection among school staff. Th union says that the data shows that there are much higher Covid rates of infection among teachers and other school staff than for the general population. Commenting on the rate of infection among school support staff, Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary, said, ‘Schools cannot function without support staff, and these figures confirm that these critical workers are not getting the support they deserve. ‘Support staff are the highly skilled professionals of the education system but too often they are ignored in public debate.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Wear A Mask FRIDAY!
       
With President Biden in the White House, Pai has fled the scene and there's a new FCC sheriff in town. Jessica Rosenworcel voting for net neutrality five years ago. And when Pai came to lead the agency with the intention to take a “weed wacker” to net neutrality in 2017, she didn't sit quietly either. Let's stop this plan in its tracks,” she tweeted in 2017, when Pai released his plan to rescind the net neutrality rules. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!
President Biden has just days to save the last major treaty limiting deployment of nuclear weapons
       
Trump’s failure to make any opening moves on a renewed START Treaty leaves the Biden administration in a tough spot. All of this means that what the U.S. really wants is a treaty that cuts Russia’s nuclear capacity. The current version of the START Treaty gives each nation the right to keep up to 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads ready to fire. START is really about controlling the systems that are used to deploy and deliver nuclear weapons. Getting cooperation on a treaty extension may take compromise on every side.
Boris Johnson on reopening English schools in September
       
Boris Johnson said schools were the “last thing” the government wants to close as part of any local lockdown restrictions. He said it was better for children’s health, mental well-being and educational prospects if “everyone” went back to school full-time in September, adding it was “our moral duty”. Speaking at St Joseph’s Primary School in east London, the prime minister said he was “very, very keen” for next year’s exams to go ahead.
Friday Night Owls: How the 'essential worker' label is used to bolster an abusive social order
       
Sarah Lazare at In These Times writes—The “Essential Worker” Swindle. How this label is used to justify a social order in which workers are abused, discarded and left to die:Politicians, pundits, CEOs and think tank staffers have spent the past 10 months effusively praising the heroism and sacrifice of essential workers. Walmart has taken out television ads praising and thanking essential workers (even as it has imperiled and underpaid those under its employ). The endless praise of these essential workers, from the very architects of their exploitation, only serves to justify and normalize a social order in which people who are disproportionately Black, Brown and low-wage are sacrificed. The ?“essential worker” discourse has the effect of enforcing discipline on a labor force that CEOs and politicians have decided is dispensable.
COVID cases among teachers appear to be rising. What does that mean?
       
It’s possible the results reflect more widespread testing among teachers, and the evidence that remote teachers have lower infection rates is mixed. In November, Oster pointed to data showing that New York teachers were no more likely to have COVID than others in their community. And while student infection rates have remained much lower than the community, school staff have seen their infection rates outpace the community, often substantially. In New York and Texas, nearly one in 100 school staff contracted COVID in the first two weeks of December. The data from other parts of the country, though, show that in-person teachers have substantially higher infection rates than remote teachers.
Trump plotted to toss the acting attorney general, insert a stooge, and block the electoral count
       
As a result, Barr stepped down in mid December and then Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen took on the acting AG role. When Rosen refused, Trump continued to press. According to the Times report, Clark told Trump that he agreed there had been fraud that affected the election results. Trump and Clark concocted a plan in which Trump would replace Rosen with Clark. Rosen refused to go along and demanded a meeting with Trump.
Most Americans say the coronavirus pandemic is not controlled, Post-ABC poll finds
       
About 1 in 5 Republicans say they think the pandemic is at least mostly under control, with fewer than 1 in 20 regarding it as completely controlled, the survey finds. Forty percent say they definitely will get a shot once it becomes available to them and another 23 percent say they probably will. Nearly 6 in 10 say they disapprove of the way Trump handled the outbreak — attitudes that have hardly changed since July. “It has a certain Katrina quality,” he said, comparing the pandemic to the 2005 hurricane that devastated New Orleans. Despite the pandemic’s acceleration, Americans hold sharply different views on how much it remains a danger, the poll shows.
Hey Joe, Where You Goin' With That Pen in Your Hand?
       
Joe Biden sworn in 1-20-09 hires 090120-N-0696M-204a. (Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN) Details Source DMCAOn his first partial day as president, Joe Biden issued 17 "executive orders, memorandums and proclamations" -- two more than America's first five presidents issued over their 36 years in office. Ol' Joe obviously walked off the inaugural stage with his honeymoon plans well-laid. A welcome no-brainer that Republicans should (but probably won't) let shuffle off the culture war battlefield over the next four years. But in places Joe Biden's first day was darn good, and it certainly could have been far worse.
Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers
       
This promise, which was already out of reach for too many, has been further threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. School and higher education administrators, educators, faculty, child care providers, custodians and other staff, and families have gone above and beyond to support children’s and students’ learning and meet their needs during this crisis. Many child care providers continue to provide care and learning opportunities to children in homes and centers across the country. Two principles should guide the Federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis with respect to schools, child care providers, Head Start programs, and higher education institutions. Second, every student in the United States should have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, during and beyond the pandemic.
Trump’s call to reopen school buildings is dangerous for students, staff
       
This means that 51 million public school students do not have an advocate in the White House for what they need to be safe as school buildings reopen. Bringing thousands of children together in school buildings without proper testing, tracing, and social isolation is dangerous and could cost lives. “Although school buildings have been closed, teachers and education support professionals have been working harder than ever to keep learning opportunities accessible for students. Educator jobs are being threatened due to lack of funding at a time when students need more support not less. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequities facing our most vulnerable students, and they will still be there when school buildings re-open unless we address them now.
Who Will Fill Biden’s Cabinet?
       
Find the latest on President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Cabinet picks here.] President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has signaled his intention to draw from a diverse cross section of America in building his cabinet. Unlike President Trump’s cabinet, which is more white and male than any in nearly 40 years, Mr. Biden’s list of likely top advisers promises to reflect 21st-century sensibilities. “Across the board — from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president’s cabinet — we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America,” Mr. Biden wrote in an op-ed article last summer. Mr. Biden is likely to include Republicans in his cabinet as he attempts to engineer a working relationship between the parties.
Yemen: Lessons to be learned.
       
Since 2015, Yemen has been bombed using Western-made military arms. There are many lessons in bombing any country; in this case, Yemen. It is hard to predict how a political settlement in Yemen could look like. Lesson three: The stranglehold that the Zionists have on Western media, presidents, donors to political parties, needs to stopNothing we've been told about the war in Yemen is true. To avoid worldwide recession Western countries should remove illegal sanctions and keep matters calm in the international oil markets.
Former Democratic Leader Daschle Warns Against Trump Impeachment
       
Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle warned his party against impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the Capitol arguing that even a delayed Senate trial risks impeding urgent action President-elect Joe Biden must take to bolster the economy and combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Daschle called impeachment at a moment that party control of the Senate is so tenuous a “mistake” saying it would first “galvanize” Trump’s supporters and then delay work on crucial issues. Dasche said a censure vote is “the most appropriate approach” adding that “it’s definitive, it’s final, it doesn’t send the whole matter to the Senate and require another trial”..
Ed Johnson to the Atlanta School Board: "America United" and "A Union with Purpose", Diane Ravitch
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob explores the difference between a natural, organic, bottom-up connection consciousness and our corporately imposed top-down hierarchical collective consciousness. By returning to a Nature-based theory of connection, the Bottom-Up revolution brings us back into alignment with Earth?s laws, returning humanity to its place in creation. Like a good gardener, Rob works into the soil of his thesis different voices that exemplify how this Bottom-Up revolution is expanding in politics, business, religion, personal self-awareness and story. And he places technology where it belongs?as a tool to further our connection consciousness, not an end in itself. The bottom-up revolution is about democracy finally living up to its original ideals, where we the people decide what we need from our society."
Biden keeps Indian-Americans with RSS-BJP links out
       
President Joe Biden has nominated around 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration. However, the list has excluded some Indian-Americans who had worked on the Biden campaign, due to their RSS-BJP links. Apparently, they have been excluded due to their links with the extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The groups said the Biden administration should have 'no tolerance' for such persons. Among the Indian-Americans who have made it to the 46th US president's administration are Vivek Murthy, Neera Tanden, Uzra Zeya and Samira Fazili.
This is Not a Game
       
Life is not a game, certainly not one we control. Life and reality have their own rules which are dynamic and are not of our making. It should remind us that all human explanations, all ideologies and even all religions are limited to this sliver of human knowledge and insight and are tentative best guesses. We need to accept the help of everyone who is concerned about the current realities, a veritable coalition of the willing. Life is not some game and it never was.
Rental Secrets For Covid Times-- Justin Pogue
       
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. Check out his platform at RobKall.comHe is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of ConnectivityHe's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)
Big Lies and Grievances
       
Is it a return to a status that kept blacks and indigenous in a secondary role? This belief has now been adopted by one-third of the population, and Donald Trump's claim regarding the election being stolen has found an electorate willing to accept his "big lie". By diverting white grievances from class-based to race-based, the white laboring class considered themselves as possessing a higher status than African-Americans. The repetitive use of the "big lie", with "voter fraud" as an underlying theme, suggests that real voters are white Americans while non-white voters are not real Americans. Such expedient phrases have a 300-year history and allow us to see the history of our political world with some comprehension.
The Coming Second Civil War
       
As everyone knows, the North won the war militarily, but as I have been writing since 2009, in terms of the socio-politico outcomes, The South Won the Civil War. (See also the recent book by the same title, that is "How the South Won the Civil War," by Prof. Heather Cox Richardson.) And now, under the leadership of the first outwardly racist President since the Civil War, matters are coming to a head. For quite some time I have been calling what is commonly referred to as "The Civil War" "The First Civil War." And given what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, it could be driving our nation to a 2nd Civil War.
Three Wednesdays In January
       
Donald Trump is, in fact, the first president since Herbert Hoover to lead his party to losing the presidency, the House, and the Senate all in a single term. - Kevin D. Williamson, The National ReviewIt will go down in history as a remarkable two-week period. His Twitter account pulled, Trump saw the light and quickly abandoned the insurrectionary rabble he'd sent off to the Capitol, those he'd assured he would accompany. Donald Trump had become a punk in the eyes of his own would-be palace guard. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
President Joseph R. Biden's Inaugural Address Highlighted
       
As I watched President Biden deliver his inaugural address, I was struck by him and his tone. But President Biden made his appeals to us as Americans without President Kennedy's memorable soaring rhetoric. Nevertheless, President Biden's somber inaugural address is idealistic, to be sure, but arguably not unrealistic. For the text of his inaugural address, see Click HereIn the following annotations in square brackets, I will follow the order of President Biden's sentences in the text of his inaugural address. "Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate [i.e., of President Biden], but of a cause, the cause of democracy."
The first thing we do, let's kill all the Coal Plants: How Joe Biden can save the Planet
       
I'm urging that closing coal plants be at the top of his agenda. The United States had 241 coal-fired power plants in 2019, which generated 23% of US electricity, an installed capacity of 236 gigawatts. From 2010 to 2019 some 290 coal plants closed because they just couldn't make money. No new coal plants are being built in the U.S. That plan put pressure on coal plants to adopt another less polluting fuel instead.
Biden's unity pitch alongside cabinet choices of warmongers and coup inciters
       
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As Death Toll Tops 410,000, Biden Pushes "Wartime Effort" to Fight COVID. But Could More Be Done?
       
He signed 10 executive orders to create a new national COVID-19 testing board, to help schools reopen, to mandate international travelers to quarantine upon arrival, and to require masks on many forms of interstate transportation. Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act to increase COVID-19 testing and the production of vaccine supplies, saying a wartime effort is needed to combat the virus. AMY GOODMAN: On his first full day in office, President Biden unveiled a 198-page national plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and ramp up vaccines, as the U.S. death toll tops 410,000. Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act to increase COVID-19 testing and the production of vaccine supplies. AMY GOODMAN: President Biden said a wartime effort is needed to combat the virus.
What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't)
       
But what if I told you there were myriad things President Joe Biden can do without ever getting near the crocodile pit? Below are the Top 10 executive orders Joe Biden could sign, benefiting all Americans...even without help from the intellectually impoverished crocodiles. Joe Biden could start by protecting all immigrants. As Marcia Brown writes "[Temporary Protected Status] is a blanket protection offered to a country's nationals who have experienced a natural disaster such as hurricane or earthquake, civil war, or other extraordinary circumstances." Point is - Joe Biden could give Temporary Protected Status to every immigrant in the country immediately without congressional approval.
From Standing Rock and J20 to the US Capitol: Who gets treated like the enemy?
       
Look at the planned violent response from private security firms and police departments to the nonviolent protest at Standing Rock. Now think back to the footage you saw of the insurgents storming the Capitol and the police response. I mean you wrote this piece of the Washington Post recently, an op-ed that talked about your experiences in the J20 arrests. I think, know, it had all the makings of a political show trial. You wrote this great piece in Indian Country Today that kind of has this comparative look at what happened at Standing Rock and what happened on Capitol Hill.
Threat of fascistic coup grows in Brazil amid COVID vaccination failure
       
The government has only six million doses of the vaccine available, enough to immunize three million people with the two doses needed. The production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be made by Fiocruz in Brazil, has not even started. After a commercial imbroglio, a shipment of 2 million vaccines from India should arrive tonight in Brazil. On Wednesday, Brazil registered 1,382 new deaths, the worst number in the last five months, followed by 1,316 deaths on Thursday. However, the divisions within the Brazilian state are deepening in the face of the protracted COVID-19 crisis.
Exposing the Risks of Global Finance: Yilmaz Akyuz on ‘Playing with Fire’ (2/2)
       
Why is it that we [developing countries] were starved of funds in 2000, 2001, and suddenly we were flooded? The share of foreign banks in developing countries, except Latin America, has increased significantly. Risk of sovereign debt crisis has diminished significantly and the next crisis in the South most probably will be a private sector debt crisis. But after every private sector debt crisis, sovereign debt increases significantly. Now we have enough reserves to meet the short term international debt.
Pelosi Is Sending the Impeachment Article to the Senate on Monday
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver the House’s impeachment article against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, thereby triggering the beginning of impeachment proceedings in the Senate. McConnell has said he is open to voting to convict Trump. Earlier this week, when the Senate reconvened for the first time since January 6, he said: “The mob [of Trump supporters] was fed lies. It is unclear as to whether the Senate will vote to convict Trump. During his first impeachment, the Senate voted “not guilty” on both counts, with Sen. Mitt Romney being the only Republican to vote to convict.
The Eric Brandt story: How a controversial cop watcher became one of the most successful police reformers in the US
       
Stephen JanisHost & ProducerStephen Janis is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has been acclaimed both in print and on television. His in-depth work on the city's zero-tolerance policing policies garnered an NAACP President's Award. As an Investigative Producer for WBFF/Fox 45, he has won three successive Capital Emmys: two for Best Investigative Series and one for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Piece. The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore; You Can't Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond; and The Book of Cop: A Testament to Policing That Works. He has also written two novels, This Dream Called Death and Orange: The Diary of an Urban Surrealist.
#ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective
       
The petition “#ZeroCovid: For a European Shutdown in Solidarity” received its original target of 75,000 signatures within a few days and is now moving towards 100,000. However, neither these governments nor the European Union are willing to even begin to meet the demands of the petition. The Zero-Covid campaign was originally launched in Britain by pseudoleft supporters of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior trade union leaders. As corporate stooges, they pressure their members to go to work despite the coronavirus threat and categorically reject a lockdown. The Green Party State Premier of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, announced Thursday that schools and day care centres would be fully reopened as early as February 1.
Spain’s rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines
       
Generals, royalty and ministers in Spain have secretly been vaccinated for COVID-19, skipping the vaccine wait-list even as vaccines suddenly and inexplicably run out for frontline nurses. This theft of vaccines destined for critically vulnerable elderly people and health workers exposes the criminal class contempt underlying the European Union’s (EU’s) “herd immunity” policy. At the same time, unexplained shortages are suddenly appearing in official stocks of COVID-19 vaccines in Spain. The lack of doses for health workers is particularly criminal in that over 50,000 health workers have fallen ill, and 63 have died so far. The regional government of Madrid has announced it will stop vaccinating frontline health workers fighting COVID-19 because it has run out of vaccines.
Vice President Harris to stay at Blair House while official residence undergoes repairs
       
Kamala Harris is sworn in as the Vice President of the United States stepping into history as the highest-ranking woman in American history. Letters to Kamala Harris: Reader letters to Vice President Harris ahead of the inaugurationKamala Harris’ most trusted adviser: Her sister MayaHer first race: How Kamala Harris learned how to become a political brawler. The first: Vice President Harris, a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, has made history as the first woman of color elected vice president. Analysis: What you need to know about Kamala Harris. The Second Gentleman: Doug Emhoff, the campaigns’ 'paused his career for wife Kamala Harris’s aspirations — and became the campaign’s ‘secret weapon’A Biden-Harris White House: Background on their families, policies and careersShow More
Opinion: What happened when my dad met a bully
       
One day in grade school, it culminated with an older (and much larger) bully challenging my dad to a fight in front of everyone after school. Hounded by giddy classmates all day — "Minnow, what are you gonna do?" Frothy excitement engulfed the school as news spread that Minnow would fight the bully. Finally, the school bell rang, and my dad walked to the specified location, followed by a throng of curious classmates. When my finally dad arrived, the bully wasn't there.
Bernie Sanders inauguration memes are what this country needed (opinion)
       
Whatever political party you pledge allegiance to, whatever your socio-economic background, immigration status, language, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion...there is a Bernie meme for you. Bernie Gangnam stylin', Bernie with Chewbacca, or playing chess in the Queen's Gambit. And for all of the pomp and circumstance and talk of unity at the inauguration, it was Bernie Sanders, I would argue, who brought it home. I can pretty much guarantee that there is a Bernie meme out there for them. Maybe it's Bernie in your soup; Bernie in your shower; Bernie at your bat mitzvah; Bernie in an Edward Hopper painting ; Bernie at your pap smear; Bernie at the Last Supper' Bernie at your family's Thanksgiving table; on the surface of the moon -- it doesn't matter where or why, it's just funny.
Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have been playing with dynamite (opinion)
       
Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri apparently hope you don't remember any of that. Cruz and Hawley, like others who endorsed and/or sought political benefit from the lies that brought chaos at the Capitol, are up against an enraged public. What, in short, about Cruz and Hawley? Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group, tweeted: "There is no room in Congress for people who incited the January 6th insurrection like Ted Cruz or Josh Hawley.
Dr. Fauci Tells Rachel Maddow White House Blocked Him From Appearing On Her Show
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci told Rachel Maddow on Friday that he had long wanted to be a guest on her MSNBC program but that the Trump administration had not allowed him to appear. “I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert and an authority on the coronavirus pandemic, told Maddow. “I don’t think you’re going to see that now” in Joe Biden’s administration, Fauci said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of transparency. Fauci told Maddow, a progressive voice in TV news, that working in the Trump administration was a “tough situation; it really was.”
Man who allegedly entered Senate chamber with taser, cuffs is ordered released pending trial
       
“I have no reason to believe Mr. Munchel is part of an organized, collective action against the government,” Frensley said. Prosecutors indicated plans to appeal the release order to a judge in Washington, D.C., as they are doing in at least three other cases related to the riot. However, Frensley suggested prosecutors’ presentation was designed more to play on the emotions triggered by the Capitol attack than to address the legal factors dictating when a defendant should be released. Frensley also heard that Munchel allegedly stashed a pocket knife in a backpack and left it outside. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Baset sought to present evidence that on the night of the riot, Munchel threatened and put his hands on a Bloomberg News reporter at a Washington, D.C., hotel.
Bernie Sanders' Inauguration Meme Hijacked By Amazon For Ad; Critics Appalled
       
Amazon helped itself Friday to the trending photo of a bundled-up Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration to sell Amazon Pay — and people were horrified. The Amazon Pay Twitter account tried to profit from the buzz around the homey meme of the mittened Sanders sitting by himself in the chilly outdoors at the inauguration Wednesday. In the odd Amazon ad, “How to register for Amazon Pay” is written over the image of Sanders with the tweet: “It’s that easy. In fact, he bashed Amazon in a tweet — on Inauguration Day – for trying to stonewall workers’ efforts to unionize. Sanders has also criticized Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for hazardous working conditions, whistleblower firings and all-around “corporate greed.”Amazon, incidentally, paid no federal taxes in 2018 or 2019.
Report: Trump plotted to replace Acting Attorney General in effort to overturn election results
       
Andrew Weissmann and Michael J. Moore join Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the latest reports that Donald Trump and a Justice Department official worked to have then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen replaced with a loyalist who would support Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud. Moore, former U.S. Attorney for the middle district of Georgia, says it’s “pretty clear here that there’s been an effort to solicit somebody to commit voter fraud,” and Weissmann, former FBI General Counsel, says although no additional proof of malfeasance is needed, “at this point it’s clear that more evidence is going to come out.”
Biden pays tribute to ‘unbreakable’ Hank Aaron
       
President Joe Biden on Friday marked the passing of baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron, hailing the Hall of Famer’s monumental contributions to the game and legacy of fighting for racial equality. “With courage and dignity, he eclipsed the most hallowed record in sports while absorbing vengeance that would have broken most people. But he was unbreakable,” Biden said in a statement. Aaron, a longtime right fielder for the Atlanta Braves, endured frequent death threats from people who didn’t want a Black player to surpass Babe Ruth’s home run record, which had stood for some 40 years. Biden said Aaron’s character was integral to winning over “the hearts and minds” of those who didn’t want him to succeed.
Covid-19 Live Updates: New York State Expects to Soon Run Out of Vaccines
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: New York State Expects to Soon Run Out of Vaccines Gov. RIGHT NOW New York State is temporarily running out of vaccine doses, Cuomo says. New York State should receive 250,400 vaccine doses for use next week, with some arriving Friday. A pharmacist from Walgreens talks to staff members at an assisted living home in Jackson, Miss., about the coronavirus vaccine. The initiative expects to eventually receive 2.3 billion vaccine doses this year, with 1.8 billion going to the 92 poor countries, Dr. Berkley said.
Live Updates: Senate Leaders Strike Deal to Delay Impeachment Trial as Biden Issues Orders to Address Pandemic’s Economic Fallout
       
ET Live Updates: Senate Leaders Strike Deal to Delay Impeachment Trial as Biden Issues Orders to Address Pandemic’s Economic Fallout President Biden hopes to accelerate the delivery of stimulus checks and lay the groundwork for a $15 minimum wage for federal workers. Listen to ‘The Daily’: Biden’s Executive Orders On his first day, President Biden reversed some of his predecessor’s most divisive policies. michael barbaro From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. And so I think the Biden Administration and President Biden were thinking, look, let’s do what we can to send that message. President Biden could end up cementing as many of former President Donald J. Trump’s tax cuts as he rolls back.
Senate Leaders Agree on Impeachment Trial Delay, Giving Biden Breathing Room
       
WASHINGTON — Senate leaders struck a deal on Friday to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial for two weeks, giving President Biden time to install his cabinet and begin moving a legislative agenda before they begin a historic proceeding to try his predecessor. The plan guarantees that the trial, which promises to dredge up the ugly events of Mr. Trump’s final days in office and resurface deep divisions over his conduct, will loom large over Mr. Biden’s first days at the White House. Democrats had begun to fret those steps would be subsumed by the rush to try Mr. Trump. “We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader. “But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability.
Biden wants to squeeze an extra shot of vaccine out of every Pfizer vial. It won’t be easy.
       
ADADPresident Biden highlighted the urgent need to produce more of the specialty syringes — called low dead space syringes, because they are more efficient — in his pandemic response plan unveiled this week. “HHS did, however, notify the FDA of potential long-term shortages” of low dead space syringes. AD“Low dead space syringes are niche products, and there has been minimal market demand based on health-care provider needs,” BD spokesman Troy Kirkpatrick said. Of the 286 million, 40 million will be low dead space syringes, the company said. AD“It wasn’t planned that low dead space syringes were going to be needed for the vaccination efforts,” Kirkpatrick said.
Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor
       
ADADBut the Trump administration used the law 18 times in relation to vaccine production, according to current and former officials. Pfizer and Moderna, the two companies whose products have been authorized for emergency use, have each agreed to provide 100 million doses to the federal government by the end of March. Because both vaccines are two-dose regimens, that allotment is enough to fully vaccinate 100 million people. “We’re not picking up our bags and leaving at 100 days,” she said. The framing around the 100 million was deliberately vague, the official said.
Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting
       
Birx, a world-renowned AIDS researcher, was tapped by former vice president Mike Pence to be his “right hand” leading the administration’s turbulent coronavirus response. During her four-decade-long career in public service, Birx was an Army physician, director of the United States Military HIV Research Program and U.S. Yet, Trump still grew frustrated with Birx, as he had with other public health experts around him, when she raised alarms about the severity of the pandemic. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) privately called Birx “the worst” and then Birx said the virus was “extraordinarily widespread” across the nation, Trump disparaged her on Twitter. Pathetic!”Birx told Brennan that she had mounting concerns about the administration’s pandemic strategy, especially closer to the election.
The potential charges against Donald Trump - The Washington Post
       
Indeed, in the weeks leading up to November’s election, Trump reportedly confessed to advisers that he was worried about being prosecuted. Now, an effort to hold Trump to account in the criminal justice system is essential and unavoidable. (Doug Chayka for The Washington Post)Even before he incited the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump had amassed an impressive slate of potential criminal acts — from before his presidency and during. RussiaLet’s begin with the investigation into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and Trump’s efforts to obstruct the probe. The failed putsch that prompted Trump’s most recent impeachment likewise presents Trump with potential criminal peril.
Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims
       
Clark, then, could have taken steps to wield the Justice Department’s power to help keep Trump in office. Legal analysts said it amounted to a disastrous attack on the Justice Department’s independence, and perhaps something worse. — fomented by the President of the United States,” former Justice Department official David Laufman wrote on Twitter. “Senior Justice Department lawyers, not uncommonly, provide legal advice to the White House as part of our duties,” he said, according to the Times. Barr’s statements angered Trump, who, along with his allies, had been waging a public campaign to get Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud.
1 dead, others hurt after tour bus rolls on its way to Grand Canyon
       
One person is dead and others were seriously injured after a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon crashed in Arizona on Friday, the sheriff's office said. It rolled and landed on its side around 12:20 p.m. on Diamond Bar Road on its way toward the Grand Canyon National Park, the officials said. The name of the tour bus company, and where exactly it departed from were not released in the sheriff's statement. Grand Canyon West is about a 126-mile drive from downtown Las Vegas. It's on the Hualapai Reservation west of Grand Canyon National Park and has attractions like the Skywalk, which extends about 70 feet over the canyon's rim.
Former Marine arrested in Capitol riot appeared on 'Ellen' for rescuing dogs during hurricane
       
Ryan Nichols, 30, from Longview, Texas, appeared on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after his actions during Florence garnered widespread media attention. "That’s when I decided, when we see a hurricane, we’re going to help," Nichols told NBC News at the time. In a later post on Nichols' Facebook page, where his cover photo was a shot of him appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," he wrote: “Patriots stood their ground today!" A post on Ryan Nichols' Facebook page, discovered by investigators. Photo evidence in FBI affidavit of Alex Harkrider during the Capitol riot, posted to his Snapchat.
Hank Aaron remembered for 'regal presence,' crusade for equality
       
The Dodgers left-hander Al Downing's first pitch to Hank Aaron in the bottom of the fourth inning bounced in the dirt, drawing loud boos from the 53,775 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Before his major-league debut in 1954, Aaron played briefly in the Negro Leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns. "A lot of people don't know that Henry Aaron played for the Clowns. Henry Aaron comes over and Howard says, ‘Hank, this is the kid I was telling you about.’ And without breaking stride, Hank says, ‘Hey young man. If Aaron was at odds with the controversy surrounding Bonds and the debate about whether Bonds' record is tainted, Aaron never showed it.
Ghost Ship fire: Warehouse tenant pleads guilty to 36 deaths
       
TODAYDerick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a 12-year sentence. Prosecutors say Almena was criminally negligent when he illegally converted the industrial Oakland warehouse into a residence and event space for artists dubbed the “Ghost Ship," stuffing the two-story building with flammable materials and extension cords. The jury also found co-defendant Max Harris, who was the Ghost Ship's “creative director” and rent collector, not guilty at the same trial. Zita Gregory, grandmother of victim Michela Gregory, said Almena's punishment could never compare to the pain and suffering her family has endured the last four years. Another grandchild who was born on Dec. 2 no longer celebrates her birthday on that solemn date, Gregory said.
Biden calls Canada's Trudeau, Mexico's López Obrador in first outreach to foreign leaders
       
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made his first calls to foreign leaders as America's commander in chief on Friday, dialing up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation between the nations' leaders. Biden also spoke with López Obrador on Friday, days after the Mexican president accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country’s former defense secretary. López Obrador said in a statement that the conversation with Biden was “friendly and respectful." Ontario Premier Doug Ford has publicly asked Biden to share a million doses made at Pfizer’s Michigan facility.
Kenosha killing suspect Kyle Rittenhouse's bond terms changed after bar visit
       
An attorney for Rittenhouse did not object to the change in bond conditions after they were proposed in January. Prosecutors sought to change his bond conditions after they alleged Rittenhouse was at a bar in Mount Pleasant with his mother on Jan. 5. He also was seen on video flashing the "OK" sign, which prosecutors said has been co-opted by white supremacist groups. Rittenhouse's attorney has said in court papers that he is not and has never been a member of a white supremacist group. The attorney said Rittenhouse did not object to the new bond conditions.
The Lure of Executive Orders: Easy to Implement, but Just as Easy to Cancel
       
The effort has its roots in a less focused campaign at the start of the Trump administration. “Before the China Virus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy,” it begins. Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 — more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.”The list is light on legislative achievements. While Mr. Trump lorded over Twitter, important lessons for him lurked, unwatched, on YouTube. Black leaders “wanted to me to issue an executive order, and proclaim this by presidential edict,” said Mr. Johnson, speaking of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — an approach that, he concluded, “would not be very effective if the Congress had not legislated.”
Book review of Wild Rituals: 10 Lessons Animals Can Teach Us About Connection, Community, and Ourselves by Caitlin O'Connell
       
With this description in “Wild Rituals: 10 Lessons Animals Can Teach Us About Connection, Community, and Ourselves,” elephant scientist Caitlin O’Connell kicks off an engaging tour of rituals in the animal kingdom. Rituals occur in 10 contexts: greeting, group rituals, courtship, gifting, spoken rituals, unspoken rituals, play, grieving and healing, renewal, and travel or migration. “For many species, courtship rituals are encoded in their genes,” she concludes. How we — animals ourselves — may benefit by paying mindful attention to rituals in our own lives is a vital message of the book. Wild Rituals10 Lessons Animals Can Teach Us About Connection, Community, and OurselvesBy Caitlin O’Connell
NBA players should wait on vaccination and ramp up advocacy, experts say
       
A Pew study from mid-November found that only 42 percent of Black adults said they would get the vaccine. NBA players, Blackstock argued, should wait until at least April or May to be vaccinated along with the general public because they are “young, healthy individuals and they are not at the highest risk” of infection or death. Alleyne argued that these issues should not discourage players from taking the vaccine and championing it in public. My hands are my profession, just like the NBA players’ hands are their profession. Multiple experts said that NBA players should consider taking the vaccine because their careers could be impacted by covid?s unknown long-term side effects if they were infected.
Where to see art gallery shows in the Washington region
       
Crystalline Through Feb. 28 at Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW.Frankel, Mougne, Williams & HarrisNancy Frankel, Phillipe Mougne and Brian Williams, longtime members of Studio Gallery, were recently given emeritus status at the artist-run venue. The aquatic blues of two Williams pictures that hang near “Wave Relief” complement its darker shades. ADADThe show’s title comes from a six-foot-high piece that’s both imposing and fragile; its stained-glass colors are framed by a violet background and white cutout filigrees. The latter is a customary trompe l’oeil subject, but pairing it with pink and orange yarn changes the game. Kirwin is toying with the viewer’s perception, but also with the trompe l’oeil tradition.
'The Rib King,' by Ladee Hubbard book review
       
“The Rib King’’ upends the racial calculus that amplifies the stories of the privileged few, offering rich, lovingly rendered portraits of working-class Black people. While “The Rib King” is set in the early 20th century, the questions it raises are deeply resonant today. “The Rib King” underscores the necessity of revisiting the violence that has been done to African Americans and the ways that language falls short of fully capturing its magnitude. Hubbard interweaves the macabre backstories that drive each of the Black characters up north, rendering the dark side of the Great Migration. While there is much to enjoy in “The Rib King,” the ending goes off the rails a bit, with too many minor characters and plot points introduced too swiftly.
Bravo 'Real Housewives' in Dallas and Salt Lake City highlight need for a racial reckoning
       
“Real Housewives of Atlanta,” typically the highest-rated of the shows, has always had a predominantly Black cast, but many of the oldest franchises went years with zero Black housewives. In October, “Real Housewives of New York” cast Eboni K. Williams, the series’ first Black cast member. In November, “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” premiered with both a Black cast member and the franchise’s first Pacific Islander. “Real Housewives of Dallas” and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”added Tiffany Moon and Crystal Kung Minkoff, respectively, the first Asian American housewives for both shows. While appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” earlier in January, “Dallas” cast member Kameron Westcott was asked about her first impressions of Moon.
Prince Harry Breaks Silence On Report He And Meghan Markle Are Quitting Social Media
       
Prince Harry responded to a news story that he and Meghan Markle were quitting social media, noting in a wide-ranging interview with Fast Company published Friday that they had closed their main social media account months ago. “We woke up one morning a couple of weeks ago to hear that a Rupert Murdoch newspaper said we were evidently quitting social media,” the Duke of Sussex told Fast Company’s Katharine Schwab. “That was ‘news’ to us, bearing in mind we have no social media to quit, nor have we for the past 10 months.’”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who announced their intention to step back as working members of the royal family in January 2020, paused activity on their record-breakingSussex Royal Instagram account last March. Earlier this month, a report in The Sunday Times declared it “very unlikely” that the couple would use social media accounts for personal use again, or to promote the work of their non-profit Archewell Foundation. But Harry said that isn’t necessarily the case for the couple, who now reside in California with their son, Archie.
Trump Campaign Paid $2.7 Million To People, Firms That Planned Rally Before Capitol Riot
       
Donald Trump’s reelection campaign paid more than $2.7 million over two years to businesses and individuals that organized the rally in Washington which sparked the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, according to campaign finance records. The center warned that the full extent of involvement by the Trump campaign and supporters may never be known because of dark money hidden in shell companies. Eight paid Trump campaign officials were listed on the permit issued by the National Park Service for the rally, according to records. Event Strategies Inc. got the lion’s share of payments — $1.7 million from the Trump campaign and a joint fundraising committee, according to records. Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren, identified as a rally adviser on the permit, and “backstage manager” Ronald Holden also received funds from the Trump campaign.
Pfizer ships fewer Covid vaccine vials to U.S. after Trump FDA label change
       
Some syringes distributed by the federal government aren’t efficient enough to extract the sixth dose, leading hospitals to throw out precious vaccine. But without enough specialized syringes, Pfizer's decision likely means that the U.S. will have fewer usable doses than it was counting on. The FDA label change is the latest twist in a troubled rollout that's seen vaccinations lag well behind targets set by the Trump administration. Agencies are identifying supply shortfalls, such as the dearth of efficient syringes, according to a White House official. The CDC said it would increase the number of syringes it's shipping with the vaccine, but that they may not be the "low-dead-volume" variety capable of extracting the extra doses.
Biden says his mask mandate is common sense. Republicans say ‘kiss my ass.’
       
While Republicans are warning about the potential for overreach, it does not appear that the White House will take a direct role in penalizing those who flout the mask mandate. A White House official said that agencies will be tasked with enforcing the order as they see fit. ”I think they will probably prevail on having authority regulations.”Scientists and epidemiologists say mask wearing is a critical means to slow the spread of Covid. A month ago, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) was chiding Biden’s mask mandate idea on Twitter. “We take a number of Covid precautions, as you know here, in terms of testing, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves, as we do every single day,” Psaki said.
Biden and Trudeau plan next bilateral confab in reset of Canada-U.S. relations
       
Earlier Friday, Trudeau said he intended to speak to Biden about the effect of the Keystone move on Canadian jobs. Trudeau and Biden agreed to have their offices connect on Buy America issues so that Canada isn't caught by surprise, one official said. The leaders also discussed Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians who have been detained in China since December 2018. Biden said the U.S. "would be as helpful as possible," the second official said. During the call, Biden reminisced about his most recent trip to Canada in December 2016 when Trudeau threw the then-vice president a state dinner in December 2016.
Biden administration ousts Victoria Coates, who was falsely accused of being 'Anonymous'
       
A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately have a comment and USAGM also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The relaunch of Radio Sawa Wednesday night was followed by an outage Thursday morning when the network went off the air. Sullivan most recently was one of the vice presidents of MBN and the acting president from June until Coates arrived. She is the fifth official associated with USAGM who has either been fired by the Biden administration or resigned this week. Controversial USAGM CEO Michael Pack, who stood accused of politicizing the ostensibly independent global broadcasting agency in keeping with Trump’s demands, resigned on Wednesday after being told that he would be removed.
NYT: Trump and DOJ lawyer reportedly plotted to oust acting attorney general
       
New York Times Justice Department reporter Katie Benner joins Chris Hayes to discuss her reporting that Trump weighed ousting the acting attorney general to install a loyalist in his place instead.
1 dead, others hurt after tour bus rolls on its way to Grand Canyon
       
One person is dead and others were seriously injured after a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon crashed in Arizona on Friday, the sheriff's office said. The tour bus, which was managed by a Las Vegas company, was carrying 48 people, including the driver, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. It rolled and landed on its side around 12:20 p.m. on Diamond Bar Road on its way toward the Grand Canyon National Park, the officials said. The name of the tour bus company, and where exactly it departed from were not released in the sheriff's statement. Grand Canyon West is about a 126-mile drive from downtown Las Vegas.
See why Trump may be banned from running in 2024
       
The impeachment articles against Donald Trump will formally go the to Senate in mere days. But as MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber explains, Trump’s second impeachment will be different from his last. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer is now in charge, which means there could be more evidence and witnesses admitted in trial- two things Republicans blocked last time- and Trump is now out of office, ensuring the entire case is about whether or not he should be convicted. Melber asserts the Senate will decide something “that shapes history” and that may ensure Trump “never has power again.”
'Armageddon': See the chilling warning about white supremacy before the Capitol riot
       
As law enforcement and the Senate pursue accountability for the Capitol riot and insurrection, world leaders and cultural figures have been speaking out and condemning the attack on democracy. Rapper Marlon Craft has a new song challenging clichés about unity and arguing America cannot try to be unified until people confront things that should not be negotiated, from scientific truths about Covid-19 to white supremacy. Craft joins MNSBC’s Ari Melber and former RNC chairman Michael Steele to discuss his searing song and his hopes for America’s future.
Republican congressman caught trying to carry gun onto House floor
       
HuffPost’s Matt Fuller and Chris Hayes discuss Republican Rep. Andy Harris getting caught trying to bring a gun onto the House floor—just two weeks after the Capitol insurrection.
Biden's acting attorney general signed off on reassigning prosecutor who objected to family separations
       
Wilkinson, who once served as former Attorney General Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff, was not a Trump appointee when he received the complaints about Joshua Stern, an attorney detailed to the Western District of Texas in 2017. "He voiced repeated concern about the separation of the children from their parents," the memo said of Stern. "He commented that our prosecutions resulted in children separated from their parents when the parents were often fleeing violence in their home country. Wilkinson, who is serving temporarily as acting attorney general until Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland, is confirmed, has largely been seen as a long-serving career official whose low profile has kept him out of handling anything that could be considered controversial or a conflict of interest for the incoming administration. Attorneys, “plays an administrative role related to the associated paperwork but does not make decisions on assignments” regarding detailed personnel.
Photos: Joe Biden’s Quiet Inauguration - The New York Times
       
WASHINGTON — It was eerie, after Jan. 6, when the hush first fell. Troops plodded through posh neighborhoods, and military vehicles blocked some streets. Storefronts remained as shuttered as ever, and then the National Mall became off limits, too. Imperious black fencing already surrounded the White House, and now concertina wire encircled the Capitol. But when the inauguration finally arrived, the silence wasn’t so foreboding.
Biden Joins Public Outcry After Guard Soldiers Seen Resting in a Parking Garage
       
WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday telephoned the chief of the National Guard Bureau to express dismay after troops deployed to protect his inauguration were ordered a day earlier to rest in an unheated garage after being booted from the Capitol, administration officials said. Photographs of dozens of guard members resting in parking spaces created a public relations debacle in the first days of Mr. Biden’s term, with some governors demanding that troops from their states be sent home. In a telephone call with General Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Mr. Biden asked what he could do about the situation, the officials said. The two men also talked about Mr. Biden’s personal connection to the Guard; Mr. Biden’s son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, served as a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard. Officials said that the White House might also arrange a call with state officials to thank them for their state’s contributions to the deployment of more than 25,000 National Guard personnel to the nation’s capital to provide security ahead of and during the inauguration on Wednesday.
Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General
       
The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark. The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed? Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Mr. Trump to keep Mr. Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.
Trump’s Pardon Process Was a Mix of Mercy and Favoritism
       
The pardon process, and criminal justice reform more broadly, will be among the areas in which President Biden is most closely scrutinized because of his previous record of promoting tough-on-crime policies. Though Mr. Biden has apologized for his past actions on criminal justice, activists say he will have to prove his sincerity. She added that Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took actions that helped to create the punitive justice system of today. He said he would build on the legacy of Mr. Obama, under whom he served as vice president. Image Syrita Steib received a pardon from Mr. Trump on his final day in office.
There Are Hall of Famers, and Then There’s Hank Aaron
       
“Reggie used to say there’s Hall of Famers and then there’s really Hall of Famers,” Palmer said with a laugh. “Maybe only Reggie can say it, but it’s true: This is Hank Aaron! When you think of the great players, you think of Ted Williams, you think of Stan Musial, you think of Willie Mays. And Hank Aaron — it’s like getting to the top of the mountain.”Beyond that, Palmer said, Aaron personified class. “There’s some kind of angel or some kind of sainthood that’s around them.
Opinion | A New Era of Far-Right Violence
       
The storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 by a rabid mob of Donald Trump supporters resulted in a failed insurrection. But for far-right extremists, including anti-government militias, white supremacists and violent conspiracy theorists, nothing about the insurrection was a failure. On Telegram, white supremacists brazenly trade tips about how to recruit MAGA adherents who abandoned mainstream sites like Twitter in search of more extreme content. These could well be the new foot soldiers of the far right. What’s more, the infusion of younger members into the ranks of the far right is likely to breathe new life into the movement, ensuring its longevity.
Covid-19 Live Updates: New York State Expects To Soon Run Out of Vaccines
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: New York State Expects To Soon Run Out of Vaccines Gov. RIGHT NOW New York State will temporarily run out of vaccine doses by the end of the day, Cuomo says. New York State will temporarily run out of vaccine doses by the end of the day, Cuomo says. New York State should receive 250,400 vaccine doses for use next week, with some arriving Friday. The initiative expects to eventually receive 2.3 billion vaccine doses this year, with 1.8 billion going to the 92 poor countries, Dr. Berkley said.
White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S.
       
WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday ordered the director of national intelligence to work with the F.B.I. The request comes only days after Avril D. Haines, the newly installed director of national intelligence, pledged to members of Congress during her confirmation hearing that she would help with just such an assessment. The new intelligence work began as people charged in the mob attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump continued to appear in court. Domestic terrorism and violent groups are a thorny issue for intelligence agencies like the C.I.A., which are limited to tracking attempts by foreign governments or organizations to influence extremist groups in America. and Department of Homeland Security have more leeway to investigate domestic groups and homegrown terrorism.
How the U.S. Could Double Vaccination Pace With Existing Supply
       
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What the Biden administration has said about vaccination goals
       
PoliticsWhat the Biden administration has said about vaccination goalsThe Biden administration has said a key metric in its first 100 days will be administering 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots.
CDC says 2nd coronavirus vaccine shot may be scheduled up to 6 weeks later
       
The recommended interval between doses is three weeks for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and four weeks for Moderna’s. “The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible,” according to guidance updated Thursday. But if it is not feasible to get the second dose in that period, the CDC says a second shot may be scheduled “up to 6 weeks (42 days)” after the first shot. ADThe six-week interval for a second dose lets patients know “there’s no scare, no terrible upheaval” if they don’t get their second dose at 21 or 28 days, Boucher said. ADThis month, the World Health Organization’s vaccine advisory group recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and urged that the vaccine doses be given 21 to 28 days apart.
To fight impeachment, Trump turns to ‘Butch’ Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer at a small firm who has defended state Republicans
       
The longtime GOP attorney is little known outside of South Carolina and has no powerhouse law firm behind him. AD“When I was threatened with the specter of impeachment, he was able and professional,” said former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, recalling how Bowers successfully fought off efforts to remove him from office. It substantially raises your profile on a national and international basis.”In addition to his work for Sanford, Bowers defended then-South Carolina Gov. His law office is in a small white building that also houses the firm of current Gov. Bowers, 55, a graduate of Tulane Law School, was recommended to Trump by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, who said that he expects that Trump might bring on other lawyers.
Detention sought for U.S. Capitol breach defendants allegedly armed with guns, crowbars, metal bats, hockey sticks, Taser
       
ADAD“The defendant’s actions were incredibly dangerous, disabled law enforcement officers and enabled scores to enter the Capitol,” Scarpelli said. Prosecutors say Munchel was photographed inside the Capitol carrying zip-tie handcuffs used as temporary restraintsby law enforcement. Public defender Caryll Alpert told a federal judge in Nashville that Munchel picked up the zip ties to keep them from being misused. weapons.”ADBoth he and his mother wore tactical vests and Munchel carried a Taser into the Capitol, Schrader said. ADBut they did not; Magistrate Judge Jeffery S. Frensley noted that there was no evidence Munchel engaged in violence at the Capitol.
Junior Mance, jazz pianist whose chords were built on the blues, dies at 92
       
Mr. Mance, still wearing his helmet, cartridge belt and combat boots, asked if he could sit in on piano. “I used to play a lot of notes, going nowhere,” Mr. Mance told the San Jose Mercury News in 2004. Mr. Mance was 5 when he began picking out tunes on the piano from ear. He taught for 23 years at the New School in New York and was the author of a book on playing blues piano. ADIn his later years, Mr. Mance established a music publishing company and a record label, JunGlo, with his wife.
Race to vaccinate before more contagious Covid-19 strains spread
       
CNN's Nick Watt reports on the long waits around the US for coronavirus vaccinations due to dwindling supply.
Portland protesters explain why they are taking to the streets
       
Protesters again took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, on Thursday -- the first full day of Joe Biden's presidency -- to let the Democratic establishment know they are still fighting for racial justice, some told CNN.
Chuck Schumer announces timeline for Donald Trump impeachment trial in Senate
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announces details for the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump with the start of arguments to begin February 9, giving the Senate time to confirm President Joe Biden's Cabinet.
Senate impeachment trial arguments to start February 9
       
Then the trial will pause, while the House impeachment managers and Trump's legal team exchange pre-trial briefs for two weeks. But sources say most believe the trial will be shorter than the three-week 2020 impeachment trial for Trump. The Biden administration has publicly taken a hands-off approach to the impeachment process has publicly taken a hands-off approach to the impeachment process. 'It will be a full trial'A faction of Senate Republicans has argued that the impeachment trial would be unconstitutional because Trump has already left office. The sequel cannot be an insufficient Senate process that denies former President Trump his due process or damages the Senate or the presidency itself," McConnell said.
Families and small businesses desperate for pandemic relief
       
Of the 10 who experienced anaphylaxis from the Moderna vaccine, nine had other allergies, the CDC reported. Earlier this month, the CDC released a similar report on the first 1.9 million people who received the Covid-19 vaccines, mostly those made by Pfizer. Based on the 4 million Moderna vaccines administered thus far, the CDC said the rate of anaphylaxis is 2.5 cases per million doses given. Covid-19 vaccines currently available require two doses for maximum protection, about a month apart. In other words, if an individual got the Moderna vaccine as the first dose, the person could, if absolutely necessary, get the Pfizer vaccine as the second dose, and vice versa.
It's not just your post-COVID bucket list
       
YOUR POST-PANDEMIC BUCKET LISTOh, the things we’ll do when the vaccines are distributed and the pandemic is over! Don’t we all have a post-COVID bucket list? We can start with that long and growing list of people and events we’ve been waiting to celebrate properly. They’ve teamed up on a Facebook Watch show, Peace of Mind, to share candid conversations about mental health. Gillison discussed parity in mental health care and the introduction in 2022 of a new national three-digit number as an alternative to 911 for mental health emergencies and suicide prevention.
In 'Breaking Fast,' A Gay Muslim Gets Swept Away In Ramadan Romance
       
A fraught courtship culminates with a musical profession of love in “Breaking Fast,” a movie that filters elements of the romantic comedy genre through a queer, multiethnic lens. “Breaking Fast,” released Friday on VOD and digital, follows Mo (Haaz Sleiman), a Muslim doctor of Lebanese descent on the rebound after a bitter split from his boyfriend, Hassan (Patrick Sabongui). Vertical Entertainment "Breaking Fast," released Friday, stars Haaz Sleiman (left) and Michael Cassidy. Writer and director Mike Mosallam said “Breaking Fast” was born of his own frustrations with the lack of queer Muslim representation in television and film. The original “Breaking Fast,” released in 2015, was warmly received by critics and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Melinda Gates: Why Women's Voices Must Be at the Center of Rebuilding After COVID-19
       
While the world didn’t know much about COVID-19 yet, I was certain of one thing: a pandemic would lead to devastating setbacks for women everywhere. I’d spent 2019 telling anyone who would listen that 2020 was going to be a landmark year for gender equality. I spent the rest of the year collaborating with partners on a major push to expand women’s power and influence in the United States. I picture the women in my book: a young bride named Selam, a mother named Meena, a farmer named Patricia. Governments, businesses, and organizations will begin including women’s voices at all levels of decision-making.
How President Biden Handles a Divided America Will Define His Legacy
       
“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile,” Biden said. Biden seeks to unite a country whose differences are not political but epistemological. How Biden handles it will help determine his legacy. House Republicans pleaded for “unity” as they voted against impeaching Trump; to them, unity meant something closer to political impunity. When Trump urged the crowd to march to the Capitol, Centolanza joined them.
Ted Lieu on impeachment: Future presidents need to know they can't attempt coups to hold on to power
       
Congressman Ted Lieu says impeaching Trump is a matter of deterrence: “Future presidents need to know they cannot attempt a coup to hold on to power."
Joy Reid: McConnell wants to ‘rinse and repeat,’ use filibuster on Biden like he did with Obama
       
On Sen. Mitch McConnell wanting to prevent Senate Democrats from getting rid of the filibuster, Joy says: "The guy who made it his number one priority to block President Barack Obama's agenda and use the filibuster at levels rivaled only by Southern Dixiecrat filibusters of civil rights legislation during the 50s/60s wants to make sure he can rinse and repeat with Biden."
President Joe Biden Halts Deportations for 100-Days
       
Most deportations will be halted for 100 days beginning on Friday, one of several steps the Biden Administration is taking to reevaluate immigration enforcement strategy and undo the hardline policies and rules set by the government of Donald Trump. Deportations actually decreased under the Trump Administration, which prioritized the removals of all individuals who resided in the U.S. without authorization, not just those who had a previous criminal conviction. How the government decides to handle deportations at the end of the 100-day period remains to be seen. Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office revoking the previous Administration’s order that expanded immigration enforcement to prioritize all undocumented immigrants for removal. Biden has also sent a bill to Congress that includes an eight-year pathway to citizenship for qualifying undocumented immigrants.
Dr. Deborah Birx, Trump's Covid-19 coordinator, said she considered quitting
       
Dr. Deborah Birx, who had been one of the White House's chief coronavirus response coordinators, said Friday she considered quitting under former President Donald Trump, whose cavalier attitude toward combatting the disease created consternation among public health officials. Her comments comes a day after Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the government’s other top public health experts, said he feels free to speak honestly about Covid-19 now that Trump is out of office. Fauci said that the new administration was committed to being "completely transparent, open and honest," a sharp break from the Trump White House when Fauci said he often felt there would be repercussions for speaking honestly about the pandemic. This past December, Birx said in an interview with the news site Newsy that she plans to retire but did not give a timeframe for her exit. She said at the time she wants to first help President Joe Biden’s team "in any role" with its coronavirus response.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Amid Vaccine Shortage, C.D.C. Quietly Changes Immunization Guidelines
       
A pharmacist from Walgreens talks to staff members at an assisted living home in Jackson, Miss., about the coronavirus vaccine. The Covax global initiative is purchasing vaccine doses from Pfizer to distribute among its member nations. The initiative expects to eventually receive 2.3 billion vaccine doses this year, with 1.8 billion going to the 92 poor countries, Dr. Berkley said. New York State will temporarily run out of vaccine doses by the end of the day, Cuomo says. “What I need, and what the Hungarian people need, is not an explanation, but a vaccine,” Mr. Orban said.
‘A Great Friend, a Great American and a Great Player’
       
The baseball world and the nation at large reacted with sorrow and tributes on Friday after the death of Hank Aaron, one of the greatest to ever swing a bat. Former players, executives, commissioners and U.S. presidents honored a man who faced down withering racism with courage and strength to become the all-time home run leader and so much more. “He was a great friend, a great American and a great player,” Bud Selig, the former commissioner who was close friends with Aaron for 62 years, said in a telephone interview. Although Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs and eventually set a new mark of 755, and still holds the record for most runs batted in (2,297), extra base hits (1,477) and total bases (6,856), he has somehow been overlooked in many conversations about the best players in the history of baseball.
Opinion | First, exhale. Then pray for Biden. He’s going to need it.
       
Biden was not a perfect candidate, and he will not be a perfect president. I have watched Biden for more than three decades, as senator, vice president and presidential candidate, and this is the best Biden I have seen. ADADIn an odd way, the insurrection provided moral high ground for Biden’s inaugural address. His words reminded us, as few presidents entering office have felt the need to do, that this was no eternal certainty. The path to passing another relief package on the (nearly $2 trillion) scale that Biden has proposed may be even more difficult.
2020 was another reminder that power is decided by the people who actually vote*
       
As we reported last month, most Trump voters actually live in states Biden won. The 2020 Census will reallocate House seats and therefore electoral votes to better align with populations, but this imbalance will persist to some extent. Biden states got an electoral vote for every 269,000 votes; Trump states got one for every 238,000 votes. You can see that on the graph below: Trump’s electoral vote totals increased much more quickly relative to his victory margins than did Biden’s. Elections aren’t won by candidates whom people want to win — they’re won by the candidate for whom the most voters vote.
North Korea likes to provoke new U.S. presidents. Biden's team should be prepared. - The Washington Post
       
Some of those ambitions might be out of reach at a time when North Korea, having sealed its borders in an attempt to avoid the covid-19 pandemic, is suffering another severe economic crisis. The U.S. Army reported last summer that North Korea might have 20 to 60 nuclear bombs and the capacity to produce another half dozen every year. Some North Korea experts say the strategy pursued unsuccessfully by the past four U.S. administrations — persuading the regime to denuclearize through a combination of economic pressure and negotiations — is no longer realistic. While Mr. Kim is willing to bargain with the United States, he aspires to do so only as the recognized leader of a nuclear power. Perhaps there is no way to avoid a showy missile firing or other martial demonstration by Mr. Kim in the coming weeks.
Opinion | How enslaved Black people helped make Washington our nation’s capital
       
As with so much that occurred during that era, enslaved Black people had much to do with the reason Washington became our nation’s capital. The siege of the Continental Congress and the decision to abandon Philadelphia are chronicled by the National Constitution Center. That mattered greatly because the federal government was responsible for paying the Continental troops who took up arms against the British. Which gets us to Black people held in servitude and how Washington became the nation’s capital. And America watched and discovered that the first move of the U.S. Capitol police force was way, way too slow.
The potential lawsuits against Donald Trump - The Washington Post
       
Indeed, in the weeks leading up to November’s election, Trump reportedly confessed to advisers that he was worried about being prosecuted. Now, an effort to hold Trump to account in the criminal justice system is essential and unavoidable. (Doug Chayka for The Washington Post)Even before he incited the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump had amassed an impressive slate of potential criminal acts — from before his presidency and during. RussiaLet’s begin with the investigation into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and Trump’s efforts to obstruct the probe. The failed putsch that prompted Trump’s most recent impeachment likewise presents Trump with potential criminal peril.
Opinion | Henry Aaron did as much as anyone to redeem the South
       
The Braves of Milwaukee took the bait, which meant that Henry Aaron of Mobile, Ala., was headed back to the South. ADADBut Henry Aaron won over Atlanta and retired as the greatest player in franchise history — the franchise marketed as a team for the whole nation. Club roster: Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and George Brett. I turned 13 in the winter of 1974, when Henry Aaron spent the offseason parked at 713. A prosperous businessman and recipient of the prestigious title of Georgia Trustee, Henry Aaron had done as much as anyone to redeem the South from the clutches of its history and to open a way forward.
Biden administration weighs turning over Trump tax returns to House Democrats
       
ADADSeparation-of-powers issues that have slowed the case “may fall out” now that Trump is no longer in office, the judge noted. At least that’s my instinct,” said McFadden, a 2017 Trump appointee to the federal bench in Washington. Since last March, the lawsuit filed by the House Ways and Committee to enforce a statutory request and a subpoena for six years of Trump’s federal tax records has been frozen by McFadden. On Friday, Letter said the new Congress has authorized reissuing of a subpoena for Trump’s tax information that expired with the election changeover. ‘Shall’ means ‘shall,’ and therefore the Treasury Department should turn over these materials .
Opinion: There was much more to Hank Aaron than breaking Babe Ruth's record
       
JUST WATCHED Hank Aaron, baseball legend and former home run king, dies at 86 Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Hank Aaron, baseball legend and former home run king, dies at 86 02:30He became a Braves executive after that. JUST WATCHED Hank Aaron on breaking barriers at bat Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Hank Aaron on breaking barriers at bat 08:31Nobody. Hank once told me the catalyst for his outspokenness regarding baseball came on October 24, 1972. Hank said he told them that if they didn't step up, "I'll just do it myself." I'll miss Hank, period.
Will There Be a Trump Presidential Library? Don’t Count On It.
       
Trump likely won’t even manage to build a private library, such as the one Nixon finally created for himself. And if you understand how they work—and how Trump himself works—it’s nearly impossible to imagine him actually pulling it off. The first and most important reason not to expect a Trump Library is that it’s expensive to build one. The government might pay for lifetime Secret Service protection, but it doesn’t front the money for a library: No federal funds may be used to build or equip a presidential library, and no federal property may be used. When that money ran out, the library would shut down, or at best throw itself at the mercy of Washington.
The Cabinet post Biden won’t fill
       
The Cabinet post Biden won’t fill Presented by FacebookWith help from Myah WardMARK YOUR CALENDARS: The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is expected to begin the week of Feb. 8. Chef José Andrés wants Biden to go one step further: Create a food secretary who sits on the National Security Council. He chatted with Nightly today about pandemic eating and how he thinks the Biden administration should overhaul food policy. How do you expect Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the rest of the administration to make their mark on the D.C. food scene? Do you think a $15 minimum wage Biden proposed today for federal contractors should apply to restaurants?
How Biden Can Fix Trump’s 1776 Disaster
       
The 1776 Commission clearly faltered in conception and execution, but the basic premise of a government commission on our founding history has a long precedent. Since the 19th century, the federal government has created many such commissions, particularly regarding the American Revolution and founding era. They’ve expanded the focus of American history, boosted national unity and even promoted concepts of liberty internationally. The 1776 Commission was one example, with its anachronistic references to the “Pro-Life Movement” and comparisons of American progressives to Mussolini. To understand and engage with American history, the nation must consider these legacies and many more.
13 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week
       
We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world for the week that just ended. Check them out below. Above: U.S. Secret Service members watch fireworks from the White House roof after the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
K-Pop Groups to Listen to in 2021
       
The K-pop groups that particularly caught our attention range in size—consisting of anywhere between four and 12 members. They also vary in their output, from a single song to a full-length album. Here, the new K-pop groups to watch in the year to come. The music video for this high-intensity track with booming synth notes, rich vocals and the climactic choreography of a sudden floor-drop became the fastest K-pop group debut music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube. STAYCMembers: Sumin, Sieun, Isa, Seeun, Yoon, JSTAYC’s debut song, “So Bad,” has one of the catchiest choruses in recent memory.
Birx says she thought of quitting the Trump administration 'always'
       
Under Donald Trump, public health officials frequently grew frustrated with a president who would contradict guidelines and research by his own health experts on the virus. Birx joined the Trump administration's Covid response team after serving as the U.S. leader in combating global HIV and AIDS under President Barack Obama. Her time working with the Trump White House made her a household name as she served as the administration's public face on the crisis, along with Fauci. Birx announced last month she would retire from her position after assisting Biden's administration transition into the White House. During her interview with Brennan, Birx clarified her retirement would likely be within the next four to six weeks.
Schumer announces impeachment trial beginning week of Feb. 8
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) just announced Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial schedule has been agreed to and will begin in a little more than two weeks on February 8. MSNBC's Ari Melber reports on the breaking news, announcing the House managers will formally present the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, January 25.
Rep. Madeleine Dean: The impeachment hearing will be the ‘very first steps of this nation healing’
       
Congresswoman from Pennsylvania and one of the Impeachment Managers, Madeleine Dean, speaks to Nicolle Wallace about preparing for the Senate impeachment trial, why she feels this vote is so essential, and whether she now feels safe at the Capitol
Steve Schmidt thinks Rand Paul has ‘soiled his oath’
       
Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, calls out the current Republican party for its role in the insurrection and says the party is a “real life autocratic movement”
Thanks for the Moments, Mesut Özil
       
Mesut Özil watched Jack Wilshere’s pass as it drifted over his shoulder, and then plucked it down from the sky, a coin landing on a cushion. Most players might have accelerated then, with an empty penalty area unfolding before him, an opponent giving chase at his back. Özil, though, slowed down, almost to walking pace. He had called the Frenchman his teammate for only 12 days — a handful of training sessions, no more — but he read him perfectly. If anything, it looked as if he under-clubbed the pass he then sent Giroud’s way, a soft-shoe roll across the penalty area that seemed to sell the striker slightly short.
Biden Joins Public Outcry After Guard Soldiers Seen Resting in a Parking Garage
       
WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday telephoned the chief of the National Guard Bureau to express dismay after troops deployed to protect his inauguration were ordered a day earlier to rest in an unheated garage after being booted from the Capitol, administration officials said. Photos of dozens of guard members resting in parking spaces created a public relations debacle in the first days of Mr. Biden’s term, with some governors demanding that troops from their states be sent home. In a telephone call with General Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Mr. Biden asked what he could do about the situation, the officials said. The two men also talked about Mr. Biden’s personal connection to the Guard; Mr. Biden’s son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, served as a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard. Officials said that the White House might also arrange a call with state officials to thank them for their state’s contributions to the deployment of more than 25,000 National Guard personnel to the nation’s capital to provide security ahead of and during the inauguration on Wednesday.
Adoption Used to Be Hush-Hush. This Book Amplifies the Human Toll.
       
Babies born to institutionalized psychiatric patients who were placed with families not told of that fact. Even if one is inclined to give benefit of the doubt to early agency choices, it is harder to reconcile later ones. Feminism, the birth control pill and Roe v. Wade gave women in Margaret’s situation a completely different set of choices. The number of babies surrendered for adoption in the United States dropped 26 percent between 1970 and 1975. In many cases the availability of government records is a moot point, as genetic testing companies make it possible for adoptees and birth parents to find one another with a swab and a membership fee.
Impeachment, Wuhan, Hank Aaron: Your Friday Evening Briefing
       
46 may be in the White House, but No. Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, just weeks after he urged on a mob that attacked the Capitol, is the second one in just over a year. No other president has ever been impeached twice, and no former president has ever been put up on trial. Senators Chuck Schumer, above, and Mitch McConnell have been discussing delaying the heart of the trial — in-person arguments — until the following week. That could appeal to Democrats who have been trying to ensure that the impeachment trial does not get in the way of confirming President Biden’s cabinet picks.
New Virus Variant May Be Somewhat Deadlier, U.K. Warns
       
LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been expected to trumpet a rare success in the campaign against the coronavirus on Friday: news that Britain had vaccinated 5.4 million people. By the end of the day, it was overtaken by a tentative finding that a new variant of the virus may be deadlier than the original. That possibility, raised by preliminary studies relying on small numbers of deaths in hard-hit hospitals, remains far from conclusive. Government scientists said the early evidence suggests that the new variant, first detected late last year in Britain, could raise the risk of death by some 30 percent. But even with such an increase, the great majority of cases are not fatal, and the government estimates included a broad range of possible effects.
Live updates: Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon; House to clear way for impeachment trial of Trump
       
Though at least 38 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States, just 2.4 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. The early stages of vaccine distribution under the Trump administration were marked by confusion and miscommunication. Poor coordination between the federal government and states created shortages in some regions, while severe bottlenecks left others rushing to deliver doses before they expired. Starting this week, the retailer is making inoculations available through its stores in seven states, plus Chicago and Puerto Rico. Walmart said it expects to deliver 10 million to 13 million doses a month, “when supply and allocations allow,” through its pharmacies and events in underserved communities.
Ryan Zimmerman, long the face of the Nats, returns to the team on a one-year deal
       
At 36, Zimmerman will back up Josh Bell and provide a right-handed bat off Manager Dave Martinez’s bench. He signed for one year and $2 million last January before opting out of the season because of coronavirus concerns. Then he became a free agent for the second straight winter, and only the second time in his 15-year career. But in 2017, his last full season, Zimmerman was an all-star and finished 20th in National League MVP voting. But now, as a complement to Bell, Zimmerman should start sporadically and pinch-hit often.
Union participation rose last year, even as pandemic wreaked havoc on the jobs market
       
The U.S. lost 9.6 million jobs in 2020, driven by the relentless battering the pandemic has dealt to the labor market. ADPublic sector union membership reached 34.8 percent, rising 1.2 percentage points last year, after unions added more than 100,000 new members in government jobs. ADEconomists like Shierholz said that data showed some of the benefits of union membership, as union members were less likely to lose their jobs than other workers. But the data also showed that union workers were less likely to lose their jobs than nonunion workers in the same industry, Shierholz said. Wholesale and retail trade has been one of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy, shedding more than 700,000 positions this year, but it gained 46,000 union members, for example.
What’s one surprising thing Biden should do as president? 14 wonks and journalists make their pitches.
       
As a first-generation American with immigrant parents, I hope Biden is able to make the immigration process more humane. The Biden administration should see it the same way. To make serious progress on this conflict would be as signature an achievement of a Biden administration as Obamacare was to the previous Democratic one. Biden says he wants to be a president “who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States. There will be forces in the Biden administration hostile to anything that smacks of privatization.
The 2021 tax season begins February 12
       
Tax deadline: The IRS says it expects more than 150 million tax returns to be filed this year. Stimulus payments: Many people who received economic-impact payments fear that this will mean more taxes. ADADAny number of glitches may have resulted in your not getting a stimulus payment or the full amount you were due. Although the start of the tax season is delayed, taxpayers can begin filing returns now through IRS Free File partners, who are accepting tax filings in advance. ADADIdentity theft: Some taxpayers have found themselves fighting for their own refunds after identity thieves have filed fraudulent tax returns using stolen personal information.
Amazon is pushing for a milestone union vote to take place in person despite the pandemic
       
(CNN Business) Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic. Amazon AMZN The union vote is a milestone moment for the Alabama facility and for. While some Amazon workers are unionized in Europe, the company has so far fended off unions in the United States. A union election was held in 2014 at a Delaware warehouse, but resulted in workers largely rejecting the effort. The NLRB said last week that the approximately 6,000 employees at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, facility would cast a vote by mail, noting the health risks from the pandemic.
Here are the 30 executive orders and actions Biden signed in his first three days
       
(CNN) President Joe Biden has signed a flurry of executive orders, actions and memorandums aimed at rapidly addressing the coronavirus pandemic and dismantling many of President Donald Trump's policies. The 30 executive actions Biden has taken in the first days of his administration include halting funding for the construction of Trump's border wall, reversing Trump's travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries, imposing a mask mandate on federal property, ramping up vaccination supplies and requiring international travelers to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to traveling to the US. See them all here.
President Joe Biden zeroes in on the teetering US economy in his first week
       
President Joe Biden signed two executive orders as part of his plan to help ease the economic pain many Americans are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Phil Mattingly reports the $1.9 trillion relief plan Biden needs passed will require more than the stroke of a pen.
NBC Says in Memo That It Plans to Shutter NBCSN by End of 2021
       
Jae C. Hong/Associated PressNBC will shut down the NBCSN sports channel by the end of 2021. For NBC, it also is part of a bigger strategy to grow its Peacock streaming service, while, at the same time, bolstering the programming schedule for other NBC channels like USA Network. Bigger properties, like the NHL, NASCAR and EPL, will move to USA Network while keeping some windows on the broadcast channel. Ourand also noted that USA Network is in 86.2 million homes, or roughly 5.6 million more than NBCSN, creating hope that viewership for events featured on NBCSN could increase. NBC has told the NHL that it would create time on the broadcast channel, USA Network and Peacock, which is NBCUniversal's video streaming service.
U.K. couple with severe Covid cases marry in hospital
       
Of the 10 who experienced anaphylaxis from the Moderna vaccine, nine had other allergies, the CDC reported. Share this -1,900 Covid vaccine doses ruined by loose freezer plug at Massachusetts VA hospital A Massachusetts Veterans Affairs hospital said that nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine were spoiled after a cleaning contractor accidentally unplugged a refrigerator. Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA.
California technologists create website to track vaccinations
       
SEE NEW POSTSCalifornia technologists create website to track vaccinations For weeks, Patrick McKenzie had been reading and hearing about the frustrations of people in California trying to make appointments to get coronavirus vaccination for themselves or loved ones. Of the 10 who experienced anaphylaxis from the Moderna vaccine, nine had other allergies, the CDC reported. Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA.
Hank Aaron dead at 86: Baseball's forever home run king was a true American hero
       
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves used his mighty right-handed swing to send a towering drive into the left-center-field bullpen in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and surpass Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king. 715 in his illustrious 23-year career, remains the most significant home run in baseball history. Aaron, who died on Friday at 86, went on to hit 40 more home runs before retiring. Bonds’ body changed unnaturally from the late 1990s to 2007, the year he surpassed Aaron in home runs. It is entirely appropriate that his surname begins with two As, for any conversation about the greatest home run hitters in baseball history should begin with Hank Aaron.
Welcome to the Moe Vela era
       
Welcome to the Moe Vela era Presented byWith help from Allie BiceWelcome to POLITICO’s 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration. But the Biden White House may not mind Vela being out there. “I'm not a religious person, but I do believe that this was his destiny.”Are you going into the Biden administration? Pro ExclusiveEDUCATION DEPARTMENT SENIOR STAFF ANNOUNCED: The Biden administration Thursday announced several senior leadership picks for the Education Department, MICHAEL STRATFORD reports. TRANSITION TRIVIA ANSWERThat was GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, who was the de facto press secretary at the beginning of BILL CLINTON’s administration.
Barack Obama Remembers Hank Aaron: 'One of The Strongest People I've Ever Met'
       
Obama wrote on Twitter that the legendary athlete was “one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen and one of the strongest people I’ve ever met.”Former President Barack Obama paid tribute on Friday to baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron , who died at age 86. Hank Aaron was one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen and one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. pic.twitter.com/2RZdc82Y18Aaron, who was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934, battled racism and ongoing racist threats during a stellar baseball career. The former president also commended Aaron and his wife, Billye Aaron, for encouraging people to get the coronavirus vaccine. Many other Americans, including politicians and sports figures, joined Obama in publicly mourning Aaron on Friday.
22 Of The Funniest Tweets About Cats And Dogs This Week (Jan. 16-22)
       
We Shih Tzu not. Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our favorite furballs being complete goofballs. And, yes, they are sure to make you howl. If you want some more, no need to beg. Check out last week’s batch right here.
Hank Aaron, Dead at 86, Set Home Run Record Amidst Hate
       
“I hope you don’t break the Babe’s record,” read one note. While Barry Bonds broke his home run record in 2007, under suspicion of steroid use, Aaron remains the all-time leader in career RBIs and total bases. Even amidst the darkest days of the home run chase, Aaron sent letters to fans, thanking them profusely for supporting him. Over a period of time, this country came to see the broader contribution that Hank Aaron had made. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all of these athletes came through the door that Hank Aaron opened.”Write to Sean Gregory at sean.gregory@time.com.
Judge orders Treasury to notify Trump before giving up tax returns
       
Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, has been seeking six years worth of Trump’s personal tax returns, and some of his business-related returns, citing a law that requires the Treasury secretary to turn over any returns requested by the chairs of Congress’ three tax committees. After Mnuchin refused, saying Neal didn’t have a “legitimate legislative purpose” for wanting the returns, Democrats sued in federal court in July 2019. The latest back-and-forth is an example of the type of legal wrangling arising from his administration that will continue to dog Trump. And Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. is seeking Trump’s tax returns in yet another case. "The statute is clear” that the Treasury secretary must give Trump’s returns to Neal.
Biden directs Treasury, IRS to find 8M who haven't claimed stimulus
       
A variety of hitches, though, prevented millions of eligible recipients from quickly getting the money they were owed, and many are still waiting. The goal is to swiftly get money out the door to help eligible recipients who for various reasons haven’t accessed their payments. Other channels: In addition to the web tool, Treasury and the IRS will also reissue unclaimed economic relief payments from last year. Separate action: In addition to directing Covid-19 relief via executive order, Biden is taking other actions including quickly rescinding an executive order affecting Treasury and IRS personnel involved in tax regulations. Critics said it would have effectively made rule-making federal employees the equivalent of political appointees — a negative for collecting taxes.
Joe Biden Orders Review Of Domestic Violent Extremism Threat In U.S.
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The disclosure Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki is a stark acknowledgment of the national security threat that officials see as posed by American extremists motivated to violence by radical ideology. The threat assessment, coordinated by the national intelligence office, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, will be used as a foundation to develop policy, the White House said. In addition, the National Security Council will do its own policy review to see how information about the problem can be better shared across the government. And the administration will work on a more coordinated approach, with a focus on addressing social media and radicalization, she said.
David Fahrenthold on Trump’s business: He ‘lost it all because of what he did on January 6’
       
Washington Post Political reporter David Fahrenthold says that any hope former President Trump had of his businesses recovering after the pandemic was killed after the events of January 6th
Rev. Al Sharpton: People ‘don’t care if a Republican or Democrat fed them’
       
President of the National Action Network Reverend Al Sharpton and editor at large of the Bulwark Charlie Sykes on President Biden’s efforts to stabilize the economy
'And THAT'S That': Reflecting On Joe Biden And Kamala Harris's Inauguration
       
Welcome back, y’all! This Inauguration Day ? held in spite of violent white supremacist insurrectionists who just weeks ago waged a war on the U.S. Capitol to prevent it ? simply hit different. In the first “And THAT’S That” episode of 2021, Taryn Finley, Ja’han Jones and Shaquille Romblay reflect on the inauguration and how we each celebrated the transition of power from Ol’ Boy and His Friends to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We touch all bases in this one. Come for our sober-minded deliberation, stay for our best “so-you-just-survived-four-years-of-pseudo-fascism” tips.
California launches civil rights investigation of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
       
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday announced a state civil rights investigation of the perpetually troubled Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after allegations of excessive force. In November, deputies working a protest in downtown Los Angeles were accused of covering up identifying information on their name tags in violation of state law. The following month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' civilian oversight commission called for Villanueva to resign and looked into the possibility of impeaching him. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, said the group has been calling on the California attorney general to investigate the department since fall. "We hope that we’ll get some semblance of justice in the name of the people who have been killed by the sheriff’s department," she said.
Olivia Jade Giannulli is back on YouTube after college admissions scandal, wants to 'move forward'
       
Olivia Jade Giannulli, seeking to resuscitate a once-thriving influencer career, on Thursday posted her first vlog since her parents were caught in the massive college-admissions scandal. Welcome back to my YouTube channel," Giannulli said. She went on to say that for her own "mental sanity," she doesn't want to "keep rehashing things." "I just want to move on and do better and move forward and come back and do what I love, which is YouTube," she said. Mossimo Giannulli reported to a federal lockup in Lompoc, California, in mid-November for a five-month sentence.
Neil Patrick Harris says 'there's something sexy' about straight actors playing gay
       
A debate about whether straight actors should still be cast in gay roles has been simmering, and out actor Neil Patrick Harris is the latest entertainer to share his thoughts on the heated topic. The director, Russell T Davies, creator of the British "Queer as Folk" series, made it a point to cast gay actors in gay roles for the new show. On the subject of "Queer as Folk," which was groundbreaking when it debuted in 1999 — and featured mostly straight actors playing gay — Harris said he was a big fan. “I think there’s something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role, if they’re willing to invest a lot into it. To declare that you’d never do that, you might miss opportunities.”Out actress Kristen Stewart also recently opened up about the topic of straight actors playing gay, saying she thinks about this "all the time."
Elon Musk to donate sliver of net worth for carbon capture
       
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and current richest man in the world, announced Thursday night that he would give $100 million, about five one-hundredths of his net worth, toward a prize to reward the best carbon capture technology. “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology,” Musk tweeted. It would be his largest known contribution to date and represents about .05 percent of his net worth, largely derived from his Tesla stock holdings, whose value has soared since 2020. At the time, his net worth was about $2 billion. So far, the pace of his giving has not kept up with his skyrocketing net worth.
Tom Daschle: Biden, Schumer, McConnell have a combined '100 years of working together'
       
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the standoff between Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell over an organizing resolution, and the prospects for bipartisanship in a 50-50 senate. When I look at the three leaders, President Biden, Chuck Schumer, and Mitch McConnell, they have almost a century of Senate service, a century. That's 100 years of working together in various ways," Daschle says. "If a century of service in the senate doesn't serve as a factor in coming together, I don't know what will."
Family, friends fear foul play in 2017 disappearance of Darian Hudson last seen near construction site in Stillwell, Oklahoma
       
“If you were having a bad day, Darian would change that,” her mother, Stephanie Hudson, told Dateline. “One day she’s talking about moving back home, making plans for nursing school, and the next she’s gone,” Stephanie said tearfully. Stephanie told Dateline the door to Darian’s duplex was open, a light was on and dishes were in the sink. Kellison told Dateline. Oddessi Hill, who has been friends with Darian since seventh grade, told Dateline the pair considered themselves sisters.
Texas teen saved Covid-stricken family members from raging early-morning fire that only she could smell
       
A Texas teenager pulled her family to safety after a raging blaze tore through their home in Waco, Texas, last week. Bianca Rivera, 19, quickly evacuated her family, who didn't realize the house was on fire after losing their sense of smell due to Covid-19. Rivera, who didn't have the virus, said she was awake early in the morning on Jan. 15 when she smelled burning plastic. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. in their one-story house, Rivera said. As of now, the Riveras have recovered from Covid-19 and are staying at a friend's house while they look for a new home.
Why Kamala Harris Is a Star of the New York City Mayor’s Race
       
Mr. Yang is trying to address the latter concern with a broad suite of policies as he seeks to emerge as the anti-poverty candidate. But Mr. Yang, a former presidential contender and political surrogate, is also emphasizing national relationships — even as he faces scrutiny over his connections to the city in which he has never voted for mayor. Calling Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris and Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary nominee, “friends of mine,” Mr. Yang added, “These relationships will pay dividends for our city when we want to get things done.”He also posted pictures of himself with Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris and Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Cory Booker of New Jersey. (Mr. Booker, declining to name the mayoral candidates he knew best, said he did not expect to endorse in the race because “I have so many friends that are running.”)The candidate with the deepest federal management experience is Shaun Donovan, who was a housing secretary under former President Barack Obama, and Mr. Donovan makes no secret of it. Mr. Donovan said in an interview that his Washington relationships positioned him to see fresh opportunities for collaboration.
Date Lab: Mariah Carey. Alligators. Urology. Is this any way to start a romance?
       
Grant, a Mariah Carey fanatic, shared his top five songs of the year according to Spotify Wrapped. After Ally revealed that she’s from Jacksonville, Fla., they got into a heated debate about whether that qualifies as being part of the panhandle. Ally told Grant, incredulously: “I didn’t know that people that nice existed.”Two and a half hours flew by, and eventually Grant had to bring the date to a close. The length of the date surprised them both, and without a frame of reference for virtual dates, Grant asked his sister for her perspective. “Are you getting married?” By today’s pandemic courtship standards, a 2 1/ 2 -hour Zoom date might be the closest Date Lab will get to a proposal.
Gene Weingarten: This hot sauce is a killer
       
The package in the mail was from Rob O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden. Seeking to profit from his fame, in tried-and-true American tradition, O’Neill is starting a new line of hot sauce, under his name. My girlfriend, Rachel, who is not a food wuss like me, unhesitatingly and hopefully tried the stuff. She dipped a pinkie into the bottle, licked it off, declared it, admiringly, “really, really hot,” and then got an odd look on her face. You are aware it is hot — it smells hot, which isn’t something easy to explain — but then transcends its smell into something necrotic.
Patrick Mahomes says he’s out of concussion protocol and cleared to play in AFC title game
       
Mahomes was placed in the concussion protocol after absorbing a third-quarter hit during Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns in an AFC divisional-round playoff game. Under the return-to-play provisions of the protocol, Mahomes was subject to a five-step process that included final clearance by an independent medical expert jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association and not affiliated with any team. And luckily enough, I haven’t had any symptoms and I’m able to play.”ADADThe Chiefs have not specified whether Mahomes was diagnosed with a concussion. It is possible for a player to be ruled out from returning to a game under the concussion protocol without being diagnosed with a concussion. Mahomes also must deal with a toe injury that had him limping noticeably earlier in Sunday’s game.
These Turkish brothers found their calling in D.C., championing the Black music scene
       
“When I first came to Washington, the stores downtown didn’t carry any jazz records or blues records,” Ahmet said in a 2002 interview. Safter, 51, had read about the jazz concerts the Erteguns organized at the embassy. “They were saying, ‘Oh, the music coming from the embassy is so disturbing!’ ” Pappas told Safter. Historian Maurice Jackson described to Safter an Ertegun-organized concert at the Jewish community center: “Two Muslim brothers bringing Black music to the center belonging to our Jewish brothers and sisters. That’s the reason I produced the second film.” She has submitted a rough cut of her new film to several U.S. competitions, including the DC Independent Film Festival and FilmFest DC.
‘Disinformation can be a very lucrative business, especially if you’re good at it,’ media scholar says
       
Disinformation can be a very lucrative business, especially if you’re good at it. It really is something if we think about the history of protest and social media over the last decade. If you think back just a couple of years ago, the idea that social media companies would do any kind of content moderation was largely unheard of. The way in which these systems are built and the way in which we participate in social media has a lot to do with feeding off emotion. And outrage is a significant emotion that social media companies will tap time and time again.
Icy rain likely in D.C. area early next week, followed by chance of snow Thursday
       
While some patchy iciness can’t be ruled out in the immediate Washington area, a cold rain is more probable. That’s not a track that is likely to produce significant snowstorm across the area as it draws milder air into the region from the south. Instead, it is one that favors a wintry mix north and west of the city while offering mostly rain in areas to the south and east. Temperatures could fall some on Monday evening, introducing the possibility of icy spots especially in our colder areas. The latest American (GFS) model forecasts an extended period of sleet and freezing rain across areas north and west of the District Monday evening but plain rain to the south and southeast.
Miriam Carey was shot at 26 times by law enforcement near the Capitol in 2013. Her sister contrasts her fate to the treatment of the Jan. 6 rioters.
       
Recently I spoke via Zoom with Valarie Carey, a sister of Miriam’s; we were joined by Eric Sanders, the family’s lawyer. Carey said that when the attack on the Capitol occurred, she wasn’t watching television or following social media. ADAD“It’s been a long road, 7 1/2 years, and we’re still seeking justice for Miriam,” Valarie Carey said. Calls for a thorough investigation into the Capitol attack are “just a reminder of the non-transparency in my sister’s case,” Valarie Carey said. “She’s beautiful and she’s doing good for now,” Valarie Carey said.
Dustin Poirier has changed his body — and life — in the six years since his loss to Conor McGregor
       
ADThe loss inspired maturation in Poirier, who has said he became more grounded and more composed. Entering Saturday he has won five of his last six contests, highlighted by a fourth-round knockout of Justin Gaethje and an interim lightweight title victory over Max Holloway. He demolished Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title bout to become the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously in 2016. His 2018 lightweight title challenge against Nurmagomedov proved unsuccessful, ending in a fourth-round submission and a post-fight skirmish that resulted in a six-month suspension. Entering Saturday’s bout, Poirier knows he’ll slip back into shark-infested waters, albeit more centered, more poised, and amply aware of McGregor’s lurking left hand and its concussive bite.
12 unforgettable video game title screens and what makes them great | Launcher Analysis
       
Video Games12 unforgettable video game title screens and what makes them great | Launcher AnalysisThe Washington Post's video game team launcher studies video game title screens' cinematography tricks, audio techniques, overall design and player engagement to determine how game developers can make great title screens. We offer title screen analysis from God of War to Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2 to Cuphead, Kingdom Hearts 3 to The Last of Us, and more.
With Democrats controlling the Senate and White House, here's what's next
       
PoliticsWith Democrats controlling the Senate and White House, here's what's nextThe Democrats are taking control of the Senate as an impeachment trial, cabinet nominations and an ambitious Biden agenda are all on the table.
Twitter suspends account apparently linked to Iranian supreme leader, citing rules about ‘fake’ accounts
       
“The account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts, and has been permanently suspended,” the company said in a statement. Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Quds Force, in January 2020. Khamenei’s main English-language account had followed it and his Farsi-language account had retweeted it. ADTwitter’s rules prohibit misleading “others on Twitter by operating fake accounts. ADIn early January, Twitter removed a tweet from Khamenei’s English-language account, @khamenei_ir, that questioned the trustworthiness of U.S. and British-made coronavirus vaccines.
Live updates: Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon; House to clear way for impeachment trial of Trump
       
Under President Donald Trump, the Justice Department last year resumed federal executions for the first time since 2003. The Trump administration carried out 13 federal executions in total, including three in the days before Biden, who opposes the death penalty, took office. “Night after night in the final days of the Trump administration, the American people bore witness to the cruel and heinous practice of executions,” wrote Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) Biden’s campaign website said that he planned to push legislation to end the federal death penalty and “incentivize states to follow.” About 50 people are on federal death row, while most of the more than 2,000 people on death row nationwide are held by the states. The congressional letter does not call for freeing people with federal death sentences, but instead asks that their sentences be commuted and each be resentenced.
400,000 people are dead. Can Biden change course?
       
400,000 people are dead. Can Biden change course? How President Biden plans to combat the pandemic in his first 100 days. Where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went wrong with testing, and what it cost us. And what the U.K. coronavirus variant means for you.
FAQ: How do Biden’s new mask orders work?
       
Is this a national mask mandate? Together, the two orders come as close to a national mask mandate as some believe federal powers allow, but they are not the national mask requirement for which some public health experts had hoped. Others, however, have argued that these are unprecedented times and that a national mask mandate would send a signal and be a reflection of the seriousness of the crisis. Will there be exceptions to the transportation mask mandate? Heads of federal agencies can make exemptions for entire categories of people or on a case-by-case basis if required by law.
The Braves have resisted a name change, but Hank Aaron’s death renews calls for ‘the Hammers’
       
The Braves, they say, should consider changing their name to the Hammers, a nod to Aaron’s wonderfully alliterative nickname. ADAD“I think it’s a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general,” Helsley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s about the misconception of us, the Native Americans, and it devalues us and how we’re perceived in that way, or used as mascots. ADBut Schiller also said the Braves nickname “means somebody who possesses courage, is a warrior. So for me, it’s held in high regard and it’s esteemed by the Native American culture and it’s powerful.
Opinion | Maybe Joe Biden can rescue Saturdays
       
Prior to Trump’s accession, there was a fair bit of certainty for White House correspondents when it came to planning their weekends. The site will have eight reporters and two editors assigned to the White House to track news every day, including weekends. It’ll maintain those staffing levels, says newly appointed White House Bureau Chief Ashley Parker. “The thinking is that we’re going to cover President Biden just as vigorously, rigorously, authoritatively and fairly as we covered President Trump,” says Parker. In her first briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the administration’s approach to combating disinformation.
Dakota Johnson's says her latest role taught her a lot about her own life
       
(CNN) Dakota Johnson's latest role in the poignant film "Our Friend" taught her life lessons she plans to carry with her. "I think about how I can be more compassionate and more available, even for myself, more compassionate. In Nicole's case, you do everything that you can and then it's not going to save her life but it did save everyone else's life." " allowfullscreen>Although Johnson took on the difficult task of playing a real person, she says she didn't want to try to "emulate her precisely." Most of my performance was just a reaction to the performers around me, who I love so much.
The US can vaccinate up to 85% of adults and begin a return to normal by fall, Fauci says
       
(CNN) Despite challenges with distributing and administering Covid-19 vaccines, the US "can and should" vaccinate 70-85% of adults by the end of summer, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says. Dr. Anthony FauciAnd Fauci said Friday he believes the US can go faster than 1 million shots per day. "I'd like it to be a lot more," Fauci told CNN's John Berman. "The goal (of 100 million shots in 100 days) was set, but you don't want to get fixated on, 'Was that an undershoot or an overshoot?' Fauci said the company's vaccine is "right around the corner" from seeking emergency use authorization from the FDA.
Incoming CEO wants Intel to again be the 'unquestioned leader' in industry
       
New York (CNN Business) Intel investors and analysts got their first glimpse at incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger's vision for the company during its earnings call on Thursday. But Gelsinger told analysts that Intel is not "interested in just closing gaps" with its rivals. "We're interested in resuming that position of the unquestioned leader in process technology, and that's our commitment," Gelsinger said. He joined the earnings call along with outgoing CEO Bob Swan, though he doesn't actually take over the role for three more weeks. The semiconductor giant reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.42 per share on revenue of $20 billion, beating the $1.10 in earnings per share on revenue of $17.5 billion Wall Street analysts had projected.
Joe Biden: We cannot, will not let Americans go hungry
       
President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's response to the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic , emphasizing the need for decisive action for bold growth of the economy.
Latest news on Joe Biden's executive orders, Cabinet and first days as US President
       
“Now is the time,” he said. “Rather than being reactionary, we need to have a working relationship with the Biden administration to proactively tackle systemic racism in our country,” Miller said. Both Kiazolu and Miller stressed the importance of building the task within Biden’s first 100 days in office. “If there’s anything we’ve seen from this past year, it’s the importance of urgency and showing up in real time to create change,” Kiazolu said. This is as urgent as everything else that has been listed to take place in first 100 days,” Miller added.
Boris Johnson warns U.K. variant may be deadlier, but experts say it's too soon to tell
       
It’s widely accepted that the variant is more contagious, though scientists have previously said it does not appear to be more harmful. "With the new variant, for a thousand people infected, roughly 13 or 14 might be expected to die." And for those at high risk of complications from Covid-19, the prospect of a deadlier variant is cause for concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently suggested that the U.K. variant could be the predominant strain in the U.S. by March. Vallance also noted that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to be effective against the U.K. variant.
Biden signs executive actions impacting other countries worldwide
       
President Biden is making his first call to a foreign leader today since his inauguration, putting a focus on the United States’ relationship with other countries around the world. Eurasia Group founder and president Ian Bremmer join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss why his call might be a little tense.
Real estate agent charged in Capitol riot blocked from using PayPal for donations
       
A Texas real estate agent who took a private jet to the riot at the U.S. Capitol is blocked from using PayPal to accept donations, the company said. The Dallas-based realtor was charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry. On Thursday, Ryan tweeted a link to her PayPal account and asked for help with paying her legal fees and "losses due to my arrest and charges." In a since-deleted Facebook video, the real estate agent said she was "gonna go down and storm the Capitol." "And they kept going and I was like I’m not going to be a part of that, whatever that is.
Donald Trump's presidency was a roller coaster. His approval ratings were not.
       
But if his presidency was a roller coaster, his approval ratings were not. Trump’s approval rating remained within the same 9-point range for his entire presidency: 47 percent at its highest in October 2018, and 38 percent at its lowest in October 2017. While Trump’s ratings were more stable, they were also lower on average than his three predecessors. Trump’s median approval rating during his term was 44 percent. See more details about each president’s historical approval ratings on the chart below.
California technologists create website to track vaccinations
       
Users can search by region or county, or within a set radius of their ZIP code to find active vaccine distribution sites, eligibility and how to make an appointment. Many provide some level of information but only a few say what pharmacies are distributing the vaccine in addition to vaccine distribution hubs. Other states have robust resources for vaccine distribution information. “This is not a California implementation of vaccine distribution," Wright said. Those providers range from vaccine distribution hubs and hospitals to local pharmacies and even fire departments.
Tesla’s Sales Slowed in 22 States Last Year, Report Says: Live Updates
       
ET Tesla’s Sales Slowed in 22 States Last Year, Report Says: Live Updates S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Tesla’s U.S. sales slowed in 22 states in 2020, partly because of the pandemic. Sales of the Model Y began early in the year, and by August were outpacing those of the Model 3. Cross-Sell provides a rare glimpse into Tesla’s U.S. registrations because the automaker does not break out sales by region or country. “It’s the way to ensure the safety of our employees,” United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby said. Studios, worried about plodding vaccination efforts in the United States, were already postponing major films (again).
The argument against vaccine passports is growing
       
The groundwork for a vaccine passport system is well underway and, in some ways, already exists. And the World Health Organization recently said that it opposes vaccine requirements for travel because of equity issues in the current state of the global vaccine rollout. [Everything travelers need to know about vaccine passports]“The World Health Organization doesn’t want [vaccine requirements for travel] because it’s a health equity issue,” David Freedman, an expert in travel epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of tourism-dependent Greece — who is leading the European Union’s campaign for a vaccine passport system for international travel — has said he does not plan to ban unvaccinated travelers. The main question is when and how those vaccination passports will be a responsible path forward for travel.
Firefighter who nearly died of covid begs front-line workers: ‘Please, get the shots’
       
ADThe next day, Collins’s doctor walked into his room and said his name — and the firefighter opened his eyes. As his department began rolling out the vaccine, he had heard skeptics were foregoing the protection. We are coming through this, we can see the end of the tunnel,” Prince George’s Fire Chief Tiffany Green said of the vaccine. Both the sheriff’s office and Prince George’s police department began vaccinating their forces this month on a voluntary basis. The department has transported more than 7,000 people who were suspected of having the virus, and another 1,000 who were covid positive.
QAnon and pro-Trump online forums are struggling and fracturing in aftermath of the U.S. Capitol siege
       
Graphika found that more than 60 percent of a densely clustered network of nearly 14,000 QAnon accounts are now inactive. The number of tweets from these accounts nearly doubled on the day of the siege before steeply declining when Twitter banned Trump two days later. It fell further after Twitter closed more than 70,000 accounts a few days later, and the content from core QAnon accounts fell by more than 70 percent, Graphika found. ADThe action caused corollary damage to the anti-vaccine community on Twitter, with nearly half of the QAnon accounts that previously were active in conversations opposing the coronavirus vaccine now offline, Graphika found. Scientific studies have shown the vaccine to be both safe and effective, contrary to the claims of its online critics.
She flew in a private jet to the Capital to support Trump. Now she is asking for donations to cover her legal fees.
       
Ryan was charged on Jan. 15 with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry. The broker has faced backlash since the FBI identified her in a now-deleted video from her Facebook page showing her entering the Capitol building. “PayPal has a policy to allow fundraising for legal defense purposes,” PayPal spokesperson Kim Eichorn wrote in an email. Ryan told CandysDirt.com, a North Texas real estate blog, that a man she attended the rally with has a private jet. In a video that was later viewed by federal authorities, Ryan joined the mob entering the Capitol building, according to the FBI.
After 66 days of darkness, sunshine returns to nation’s northernmost city
       
ADBut after a long period of darkness and gloom, brighter days are ahead once again, for Alaska and the Lower 48 alike. In fact, the days are quickly growing longer everywhere in the northern hemisphere as we steadily approach the spring equinox and inch progressively closer to summer. What the ‘vernal equinox’ in March signifiesThe vernal, or spring, equinox marks an inflection point in how quickly the days are growing. Boston’s days are growing by 1 minute 52 seconds now, with day length swelling 2 minutes 52 seconds per day around the equinox. That dwarfs the leaps attained around the equinox of 9 minutes 20 seconds per day.
Opinion | Biden’s stimulus plan suggests he fundamentally misunderstands this recession
       
Thanks to prior stimulus plans, personal income is higher now than it was pre-pandemic. Consumer spending is down by only a few percent from pre-pandemic levels; personal saving soared in 2020 because many people saved the stimulus money they received from the government. ADADBiden’s plan won’t increase employment much either. A proper relief package should also include paying businesses who have been indirectly harmed by people’s inability to pay bills. His plan too often misdiagnoses our economic ills and prescribes medicine that either won’t help or will make the patient sick.
Opinion | France’s health-care crisis comes as no surprise after its neoliberal turn
       
Since the pandemic hit, the government has failed multiple times at handling the crisis and building public confidence. The crisis also exposed the lack of equipment in hospitals — not only in terms of ventilators, but also the most basic supplies. Health-care workers were sometimes forced to compensate by using swim goggles or garbage bags instead of gowns. It signed the “Ségur Agreements,” which granted nearly $10 billion (8.1 billion euros) to hospital staff. The major health crisis has exposed the serious damages caused by the neoliberal turn implemented in France.
Opinion | Don’t be fooled: Mitch McConnell will never vote to convict Trump
       
There’s been lots of discussion about what it would take to get to those 17 votes, in particular whether Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote to convict and bring others with him. ADADThink of it this way: What does McConnell have to gain from voting to convict Trump, and what does he have to lose? If McConnell were to vote to convict and bring others with him, he’d immediately be hit with a tsunami of rage from the right. However, he’ll say, all that’s in the past now. Therefore, he’ll say with sadness, I feel I have no choice but to vote to acquit.
Live updates: Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon; House to clear way for impeachment trial of Trump
       
The national KFF poll found 65 percent of Americans saying the federal government is doing a fair or poor job distributing coronavirus vaccines to states, with 60 percent rating their own state government negatively for distributing coronavirus vaccines. But reviews among Republicans were not glowing, with 43 percent rating federal distribution efforts positively, compared with 46 percent who gave it negative marks. The KFF poll also found Americans feel uninformed about who can get vaccinated and how to do so. The KFF Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor poll was conducted Jan. 11 to 18 among a random national sample of 1,563 adults on cellphones and landlines. Overall results have a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Hank Aaron’s greatness and grace were underappreciated and unmatched
       
The 1957 and 1958 World Series hooked me on Aaron, who died on Friday at 86, and Spahn. Aaron hit .364 and slugged .600 in those two World Series. There was no conspiracy of silence about Aaron, no plot to keep him underappreciated — which he still is to this day. After a swing-and-miss, Aaron started taking pitches. After one more weak swing, Aaron dropped his bat and, with plenty of swings left in his “turn,” returned to the dugout.
The night Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record
       
“At 9:07 p.m. today,” The Post’s William Barry Furlong wrote on April 8, 1974, “Babe Ruth’s most famous record passed into eclipse. “There’s a new home run champion of all time and it’s Henry Aaron.”“He hung it a bit,” the 40-year-old Aaron told reporters after the game of Downing’s slider on the inside part of the plate. Aaron grounded out in his two at-bats after his home run before being removed in the seventh inning. After the game, Aaron was asked if he would start focusing more on his batting average with the home run record behind him. “If I get a pitch to hit out of the ballpark [here], I’m going to try to dispose of it.”
Selena Gomez hopes her knife skills make the cut in new season of 'Selena + Chef'
       
(CNN) Selena Gomez is putting it on all the line -- including her fingers -- in the new season of "Selena + Chef." The series, which features the multi-platinum selling recording artist honing her cooking skills with help from celebrity guests, debuted a new season this week. This season, Gomez welcomes chefs like José Andrés, Kelis Rogers, Curtis Stone and more." allowfullscreen>In a clip featured on Entertainment Weekly , chef JJ Johnson puts Gomez's knife skills to the test, with some tense moments as she is guided through the proper way to slice a bell pepper. he says at one point, as Selena's in-home guests giggle.
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes Clears Concussion Protocol Ahead of Bills' Playoff Game
       
Charlie Riedel/Associated PressKansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be on the field for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills. Reid added that Mahomes has "done well" and looked "normal" during Chiefs practices this week. The Kansas City starter appears well on his way to an all-time great career. Mahomes is a Super Bowl champion, league MVP and three-time Pro Bowler at just 25 years old. A healthy Mahomes will go a long way toward helping Kansas City achieve its goals.
Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier Make Weight for UFC 257 'Fight Island' Main Event
       
John Locher/Associated PressConor McGregor and Dustin Poirier made weight Friday ahead of their lightweight clash in the UFC 257 main event Saturday night at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported McGregor checked in at 155 pounds, while Poirier was a pound heavier. "If these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them," White said. Along with McGregor and Poirier, there's a key lightweight fight on the card as Dan Hooker takes on Michael Chandler. McGregor should still be viewed as the favorite, but the stage is set for an intriguing main event.
The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (Jan. 16-22)
       
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant and succinct wit. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious musings of 280 characters or fewer. Scroll through this week’s great tweets from women below. Then visit our “Funniest Tweets From Women” page for past roundups.
Pennsylvania Official Slams Ted Cruz For His Pittsburgh Vs. Paris Comments
       
Sen. Ted Cruz is getting burned for his attack on President Joe Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement. And then Pittsburgh came a-calling in the form of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who quickly dismissed the senator’s so-called concern for the city’s residents (whose votes Cruz tried to get thrown out). “[Cruz] doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s been a climate denier,” Fitzgerald told KDKA TV. We’ll run what we need to do here, Senator, and keep your nose out of our business.”Fitzgerald’s burn went viral, because of two things: general animosity toward Cruz ...
The World's Biggest Problems Are Interconnected. Here's How We Can Solve Them This Decade
       
Leading thinkers like Francis Fukuyama touted the benefits of globalization, saying it would bring democracy and prosperity to the developing world. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a complex web of interlocking problems that have morphed into full-blown crises. In the next decade, societies will be forced to either confront this snarl of challenges, or be overwhelmed by them. The goals, which cover environmental, social and economic progress, are nonbinding but have become key benchmarks for commitments at a national and corporate level. The understanding that these problems require holistic solutions has only grown amid the pandemic and its fallout.
Biden poised to pick Obama-era security veterans for 3 top cyber roles
       
More recently, she advised Biden’s transition team on how to establish the cyber director office that she has now been tapped to lead. Congress created the Office of the National Cyber Director inside the Executive Office of the President in the latest defense policy bill. Guiding CISA through the post-Krebs eraAs CISA director, Silvers would replace Chris Krebs, whom Trump fired in November for publicly debunking his conspiracy theories about the election. From 2013 to 2014, Silvers served as Mayorkas’ senior counselor while the latter was deputy secretary of homeland security. As assistant secretary for cyber policy, Silvers played a leading role in bridging the sometimes frosty divide between the federal government and key industry sectors.
Ocasio-Cortez: Rep. Andy Harris Endangered Congress By Trying To Bring Gun Into House
       
“That just goes to show it doesn’t matter what your intention is,” Ocasio-Cortez said. You are endangering the lives of members of Congress. The New York congresswoman also said that safety worries had been a factor in her absence at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. That day, Ocasio-Cortez opted to join a picket line in the Bronx to protest for a $1-an-hour wage increase for essential workers instead. “We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress.”Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks below.
Biden announces executive orders for economic relief amid the Covid pandemic
       
President Biden announced he would be signing two executive orders to help provide economic relief to Americans amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying "no one should have to choose between their livelihoods and their own health."
Greta Thunberg says 'time will tell' if Biden administration fulfills promises on climate change
       
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg says that the climate goals from the Biden administration are "very far from being in line with the Paris Agreement" but welcomes the new tone from the president.
Tesla’s Sales Slowed in 22 States Last Year, Report Says: Live Updates
       
ET Tesla’s Sales Slowed in 22 States Last Year, Report Says: Live Updates S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Tesla’s U.S. sales slowed in 22 states in 2020, partly because of the pandemic. Registrations of the Model 3 fell 35 percent last year in the 22 states Cross-Sell tracks, to 67,638 from 103,810 cars in 2019. In the final three months of 2020, 22,267 Model Ys were registered in the 22 states. Cross-Sell purchases vehicle registration data from 22 states that offer it for sale. Studios, worried about plodding vaccination efforts in the United States, were already postponing major films (again).
Covid-19 Live Updates: Amid Vaccine Shortage, C.D.C. Quietly Changes Immunization Guidelines
       
Credit Credit... Doug Mills/The New York Times Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the longtime government infectious disease expert, has returned to the White House spotlight, offering both reassurances and warnings. A nursing home resident receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Budapest this month. “What I need, and what the Hungarian people need, is not an explanation, but a vaccine,” Mr. Orban said. The country’s health minister told reporters this week that 42,000 volunteers had been trained to carry out the inoculation drive. The deputy prime minister and health minister also submitted their resignations.
Bemittened Bernie: The meme that resonated around the world
       
From the United States to Argentina to Iran, the image proliferated through the far corners of the Internet in an ever-expanding array of jokes. ADBut it was the Sanders image that found a global resonance transcending nationality, politics and context. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his mittens were a thing at the inauguration of President Biden on Jan. 20. (The Washington Post)Perhaps Sanders’s seemingly grumpy appearance reflected peoples’ own annoyance with politicians and political systems at a time when the world is reeling from a pandemic that has exacerbated economic and social divides. ADWhatever it was, in a time of travel bans, the Sanders image easily made its way to Russia:And the streets of Kenya:As well as Paris Fashion Week:And the bookstands of Tehran.
‘Promising Young Woman’ is just what Biden needs as he seeks justice - The Washington Post
       
The “Promising Young Woman” of the title is Cassie, who dropped out of medical school along with her best friend Nina after Nina was raped at a party. ADADIn the early going, “Promising Young Woman” suggests that Cassie is righteous, if reckless. Cassie’s targets argue about whether the ways she intends to punish them are proportionate. Most of all, “Promising Young Woman” encourages the audience to ask what a failure to deliver justice does to people who have been wronged — and what the process of doling out chastisement does to self-appointed avengers. In the real world — unlike in “Promising Young Woman,” where the possibility of justice for Nina is long gone — there is still a chance that the country can hold the people who vandalized our democratic system accountable through normal channels.
Virginia pays $115,000 to prisoner who says he was punished for not speaking English
       
ADReyes killed his pregnant girlfriend in Alexandria in 1991, then fled to Florida, where it took police nine years to find him. ADReyes, a native of El Salvador, does not understand English or read in any language, his attorneys said in a 2018 lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria against the Virginia Department of Corrections. Instead, he was placed in a program for solitary inmates that included journaling in English. When a professional working with an interpreter diagnosed him with serious mental illness, prison officials blamed the language barrier. The settlement, spokesman Greg Carter said, will just mean a centralization of language policies already in place.
The Daily 202: Former presidents unite to urge Americans to get coronavirus vaccine in new ad campaign
       
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Jan. 20 celebrated the inauguration of Joe Biden. ADADAnthony S. Fauci, the nation’s most prominent infectious-disease expert, expressed concerns Thursday about public resistance to getting the vaccine. This week, Biden removed Trump’s “1776 Report,” a U.S. history review lambasted by historians as racist and false published on Monday, from the Trump[ White House website . On Jan. 20, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, reflected on his time under former president Donald Trump. (The Daily Beast)Hot on the rightRepublicans say the chances Trump will be convicted in his next impeachment trial are plummeting.
Hank Aaron’s stats prove him to be an MLB legend
       
Here are five stunning stats that define Aaron’s career. Add in Aaron’s performance from 1971 (7.2 bWAR) and only Barry Bonds meets the threshold of six WAR in 16 seasons. Fifth-most wins above replacement after turning 30ADADDuring his 20s, from 1954 to 1963, Aaron produced 73.9 wins above replacement, the seventh most among position players in that age range. After turning 30, he contributed 69.2 WAR, the fifth most among position players. That was the 12th-most-productive playoff performance among position players during Aaron’s career.
Opinion | People who previously had covid-19 should go to the back of the vaccine line
       
As a result of this flawed guidance, Americans with natural immunity — including many who are low-risk — are inappropriately getting the vaccine instead of high-risk seniors. Natural immunity after covid-19 infection appears to last for at least the one year in which the virus has been circulating at large. These scientific observations and the growing prevalence of natural immunity in the United States have significant implications for our national vaccine strategy. Personally, I side with the scientists who predict that vaccinated immunity will last longer than natural immunity, but let’s let science and not opinion answer that question. For those scientists who insist that vaccinated immunity is the only true immunity, I would remind them that there is absolutely zero data on covid-19 vaccine immunity after 300 days.
Biden delivers remarks on administration's response to economic crisis
       
LIVE PoliticsBiden delivers remarks on administration's response to economic crisisPresident Biden on Friday is expected to speak on his administration's response to the economic crisis in the U.S. as well as sign executive orders.
Hank Aaron left an indelible mark on MLB players: ‘He was not going to let anything distract him’
       
He was not going to let anything distract him.”Aaron, who died Friday at 86, hit the ball often, and often a long way. Over a 23-year major league career spent mostly with the Braves, Aaron hit 755 home runs, which at the time of his retirement was the most in MLB history. “I can’t imagine what Hank Aaron went through in his lifetime,” fellow Braves legend Chipper Jones wrote Friday on Twitter. Frank Thomas, a Hall of Famer like Aaron, wrote on Twitter that Aaron was “the one man who I acted like a kid around” and that he was “star-struck always” when encountering him. ADJeff Heckelman, who worked in MLB’s public relations department and coordinated the news conference for the league’s annual Hank Aaron award, noted it was a “highlight to shake his hand and to witness the awe and reverence he engendered in today’s stars.”
Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years with the network
       
New York (CNN Business) Tom Brokaw is formally retiring from NBC News after an extraordinary 55 years with the network. Brokaw, 80, is best known for anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 through 2004. "He went on to become NBC News' White House correspondent, co-hosted 'Today,' and eventually became the anchor and managing editor of 'NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.'" The "NBC Nightly News" regularly ranked in first place in the ratings with Brokaw at the helm. In 2018 news outlets published allegations by Linda Vester , a former NBC reporter, that Brokaw sexually harassed her in the early 1990s.
Opinion: Why LGBTQ Americans are seeing the sun again
       
(CNN) In the first hours and days of the Biden administration, something precious has been returned to us. That invaluable thing that has been restored to LGBTQ Americans -- and many others -- is hope. To at long last have someone who understands -- intrinsically, deeply and personally -- what LGBTQ Americans and particularly what transgender people face, carries the prospect of more inclusive policies and approaches. After all, then-Vice President Joe Biden was a major force in moving the Democratic Party out of the closet on supporting the LGBTQ community . What could that look like under the Biden administration?
Home sales hit 14-year high in 2020, pushing prices to record levels
       
(CNN) Last year brought skyrocketing unemployment and a global pandemic that battered the economy, but people were still buying homes. Existing home sales in 2020 rose to the highest level in 14 years as prices climbed to a record high. Home prices rose 9% in 2020 from the year before, with the annual median price of an existing home climbing to $296,500 according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. That is the highest price on record. "Although mortgage rates are projected to increase, they will continue to hover near record lows at around 3%," Yun said.
Director of National Economic Council: Biden will take 'decisive action' on Covid relief
       
Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA. Share this -Michigan to allow indoor dining starting Feb. 1 at 25 percent capacity Michigan will allow indoor dining at restaurants and bars to resume on Feb. 1, state officials announced Friday. Now, we are confident that starting February 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place,” Whitmer said.
CDC says getting different vaccine for 2nd dose possible if there are shortages
       
SEE NEW POSTSCDC says getting different vaccine for 2nd dose possible if there are shortages The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update to its Covid-19 vaccine guidance that in "exceptional situations" people may receive a different vaccine for the second dose than they received for the first shot. In other words, if an individual got the Moderna vaccine as the first dose, the person could, if absolutely necessary, get the Pfizer vaccine as the second dose, and vice versa. Future vaccines, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do not use mRNA. Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above.
Can you lose weight on the Mediterranean diet?
       
Although it isn’t intended to be a weight-loss plan, following the Mediterranean diet may be a realistic and sustainable way to lose weight and maintain your results. Here’s why you may want to consider the Mediterranean diet for weight loss. What you will eat on a Mediterranean diet planThe Mediterranean diet is a flexible plan (read: nothing is off-limits), but it focuses on whole foods, mostly plants. Why the Mediterranean diet may help you lose weightThe types of foods included on the Mediterranean diet are both healthful and beneficial for weight loss. Drawbacks of the Mediterranean diet for weight lossWhen you think of the word diet, you might think of following a particular plan with a set of rules.
With new COVID-19 strains on the rise, here's the safest way to grocery shop
       
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using grocery delivery or curbside pickup, when possible, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Unless you are sick, elderly or an individual with a compromised immune system, grocery shopping can still be done safely. "The same preventative measures that were effective for the quote-unquote older variants (are) effective for the new variants," Kelly explained. Based on that list and your budget, make a concise shopping list. Here's NBC News investigative correspondent Vicky Nguyen's recommended grocery list for two weeks:Grains: pasta, rice and quinoaHigh-fiber foods: fruits, vegetables and lentilsHigh-protein foods: canned tuna, beans, frozen meat, tofuTortillas (because they last longer than bread)Some treats are OK!
‘Someone Needs to Take a Stand Like That.’ The Creator of Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Night Dress on Supporting Black Designers
       
Their clothing confirmed a return to the time-honored tradition of supporting American designers and reflected an understanding that what they wear holds meaning. When you were designing these looks, was it a collaborative process with Vice President Harris and First Lady Biden? It was reflected in what you saw: Vice President Harris wearing Black designers during the Inauguration is amazing. Someone needs to take a stand like that; someone needs to say that young Black designers can stand toe to toe with every other brand out there. In the same country that used to enslave us, now we have a Black Vice President.
Belgium clamps down on cross-border travel
       
However, the country won't be closing its borders, mindful of the chaos caused when EU countries did that in the spring. Our country remains accessible, we can still travel to other countries, but only for essential reasons," De Croo said. “We've seen in the past weeks that if people travel, the virus travels with them," he said Friday. The travel measures are part of a broader effort to ensure the virus doesn't spread. Border balanceBelgium and other EU countries are trying to balance efforts to keep COVID-19 under control while not killing the economy.
Why Mitch McConnell Is Filibustering to Protect the Filibuster
       
That makes Democrat Charles Schumer the new Senate Majority Leader, unseating his predecessor Mitch McConnell. Schumer and McConnell have yet to agree on the power-balance agreement that typically comes without fanfare at the start of every session. McConnell says he merely seeks to keep things as they are, with the minority party’s rights protected. McConnell is effectively filibustering the rules changes to preserve the filibuster. “Yes, Democrats now formally hold the Senate majority on a 50-50 split, plus VP Harris as tie breaker.
AstraZeneca: Coronavirus vaccine deliveries to EU reduced
       
The EU has yet to sign off on the vaccine, but could do so as early as Monday. | Lisa Maree Williams/Getty ImagesLONDON — AstraZeneca today said initial deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union will be “lower than initially anticipated.”The EU has yet to sign off on the vaccine, but could do so as early as Monday. Many leaders expressed fury at Pfizer about an expected delay in deliveries of its vaccine, manufactured in partnership with BioNTech. Stormy weather this week caused flooding around the North Wales plant where the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is manufactured. The European Commission has drawn up a contract with AstraZeneca for 400 million doses of the vaccine.
News on Trump Impeachment
       
Democrats are in control of the Senate. But Sen. Ron Johnson is still leading the Homeland Security Committee, even though he's term-limited and in the minority. It's the latest complication of the 50-50 Senate split. “I’m still chairman,” the Wisconsin Republican said this week. “They haven’t hung my picture in the cloakroom yet so that’s a sign I guess.”Read More »
The Capitol under guard
       
Following the failed insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the National Capital Region was flooded by an unprecedented security response that include nearly 25,000 members of the National Guard just days ahead of the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Unlike military operations overseas, this deployment occurred under the watchful eyes of photographers everywhere. Photojournalists captured the enormity of the troop movements, social media posts expressed both support and alarm and even some military personnel themselves leaked images to members of the media to document difficult working and living conditions. While not unusual to see armed security personnel on the streets of the Washington, D.C., the spectacle of thousands of soldiers, at times fully armed with weapons of war, was a visual for the ages.
Tribes Lobby Republicans To Confirm Deb Haaland As Interior Secretary
       
More than two dozen tribal leaders in Oklahoma are urging their state’s Republican senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, to vote to confirm President Joe Biden’s historic interior secretary nominee, Deb Haaland. If confirmed, Haaland, currently a second-term House Democrat, would be the country’s first Native Cabinet secretary. The tribal leaders also highlighted Haaland’s bipartisan credentials, which have included House Republicans endorsing her nomination. “She boasts public and private sector experience in relevant Tribal and land issues, and a record of working across the aisle to get things done,” they wrote. Here’s a copy of the letter:
Biden admin plans to overhaul government's approach to violent domestic extremism
       
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday announced a major initiative aimed at overhauling the government’s approach to domestic terrorism, ordering intelligence agencies to conduct a “comprehensive threat assessment” into what officials say has become a pressing national security challenge. “The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The Biden administration will approach this threat with the necessary resources and resolve.”President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct the national threat assessment in cooperation with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, Psaki said. More than 140 people have been hit with federal charges in connection with the riot, including some members of far-right militia groups. Big questions remain about what intelligence federal agencies collected about the potential for violence on Jan. 6 and who saw that information.
$1B Mega Millions prize a result of long odds, slow sales
       
It’s only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so large, but much has changed since the last time such a big prize was up for grabs in 2018. After a peak in October 2018, Medenica said sales of the big lottery games dropped about 50%, prompting talk among lottery officials about jackpot fatigue. Sales of Mega Millions and Powerball continued to decline after the virus hit along with other lottery games, but while scratch tickets and other instant games rebounded strongly later in the year, national game sales remained moribund. By design, Mega Millions and Powerball are relatively generous in awarding small dollar prizes and lottery officials boast there is a roughly one in 24 chance of winning something. It’s hard to fathom how unlikely it is to beat odds of one in 292.2 million for Powerball or one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.
The Week in Pictures: Bernie's mittens and Trump's snub
       
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania are greeted by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, their children, Eric and Donald Jr., Tiffany Trump and other Trump family members on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Jan. 20. In a break with tradition, Trump departed for Florida and did not attend his successor's inauguration. The Trump years in pictures: From the Women's March to the Capitol riot
White House launches ‘comprehensive threat assessment’ on domestic extremism
       
All three groups have increasingly provided security or worked alongside neo-Nazi and white supremacist factions, according to national security experts. The review, ordered on Biden’s second full day in office, underscores how countering domestic extremism will be a top priority for Biden’s national security team. One person being brought on is Josh Geltzer, who was the senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council from 2015 to 2017. Geltzer, Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall and deputy Homeland Security adviser Russ Travers will oversee the joint threat assessment, which will “draw from analysis across the government and, as appropriate, nongovernmental organizations,” Psaki said. Current and former officials who spoke to POLITICO this week broadly agreed that there needed to be some kind of National Security Council-driven process to address the rising threat.
Delay in power-sharing pact leaves Senate in limbo
       
"That’s a good question,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Negotiations between Schumer and McConnell over the organizing resolution are already hitting a snag. And the talks are occurring as the Senate is preparing to hold a second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. The delay in the organizing resolution could impact Biden’s more controversial Cabinet picks. Without an organizing resolution, Republicans still outnumber Democrats on key committees and could theoretically block nominees from moving forward.
Biden Press Secy. Jen Psaki announces efforts to combat domestic violent extremism
       
Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced efforts the Biden administration will be taking to combat the "growing national security threat" of domestic violent extremism. Included in these efforts, the Director of National Intelligence will be asked to complete a "comprehensive threat assessment" in the country.
Belabored: Stopping the Spread of Prop 22
       
Belabored: Stopping the Spread of Prop 22 Belabored: Stopping the Spread of Prop 22 California’s Proposition 22 locked in a second-tier status for gig economy workers. In the state and around the country, they’re still organizing for something better. Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside the California Labor Commissioner's office in April 2020, before the passage of Prop 22 (Mario Tama/Getty Images)Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here. Tweet at @DissentMag with #Belabored to share your thoughts, or join the conversation on Facebook. California’s Proposition 22 locked in a second-tier status for gig economy workers through a ballot initiative in November, but Uber and Lyft drivers, among other gig workers, haven’t stopped organizing for better, in California and around the country.
Fintech Loves This Rumored Biden Nominee
       
Barr even joined the advisory board of infamous fintech firm Ripple, the self-proclaimed “Amazon of payments,” in 2015, and left at a recent date unknown. While litigation has tied up the fintech bank charter, OCC has pushed forward with a version of the charter anyway for payment companies. Brummer is, if anything, more embedded in the fintech world than Barr; he founded DC Fintech Week and hosts a fintech podcast. There’s time for the Biden team to step back from the brink, on both Brummer and Barr. Democrats on the Hill found Barr’s work on the financial crisis alone too noxious in 2014.
The Chopra Gambit
       
× Expand Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Rohit Chopra testifies during a Senate confirmation hearing in February 2018. On Monday, President Biden announced his intention to name Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s next director, earning a rare, unqualified cheer from the party’s left flank. Despite serving in the minority on the FTC, Chopra has managed to have a ground-shaking impact, earning a reputation for skillful and creative maneuvering. The platform an agency commissioner’s position provides can be used to great effect , as Chopra so deftly demonstrated. It must also mean uplifting those officials who proved the importance of minority-party commissions, like Rohit Chopra.
Debating Antitrust Policy and Efficient Markets
       
This discussion sheds light on some fundamental questions about how to assess and remedy the problem of economic concentration, and whether free markets once purged of monopoly power are in fact efficient. Unfortunately, Zach’s review appears to misinterpret key aspects of my book and our work, and key tenets of the American democratic republican tradition that Open Markets aims to revive. My beef is with those who defend price discrimination by monopolists as being “efficient,” including the antitrust professor and federal judge Robert Bork. Zach writes that Open Markets has recruited “conservative allies” to our project, including Josh Hawley. Writing several weeks before that attack, it was not my intention to tar either Open Markets or Liberty From All Masters with what Hawley has since become.
‘Mank’ Is Fake News About Fake News
       
By the time we meet him in Mank, it’s 1940, and he hasn’t written or produced or even completed anything worthwhile in years. Fake news has been central to the American right’s political appeal for a long time. That’s not fake news, though it certainly is fraudulent to depict most Democratic elected officials as socialists, or as willing enablers of their socialist colleagues. Ironically, Mankiewicz was one of the very first film industry figures to sound the alarm about fake news—only it wasn’t the fake news that the studios had produced. It was the fake news that Josef Goebbels had produced, the anti-Semitic falsehoods that had played a central role in the Nazis’ rise to power.
The Eviction Moratorium Should Have Been Improved, Not Just Extended
       
Read all of our First 100 ReportsBiden merely extended the existing eviction moratorium out to the end of March. One of the corporate landlords pursuing evictions despite the moratorium is called Progress Residential, continuing a pattern of high eviction rates. Complaints about Progress and other single-family rental companies are common. Just a handful of evictions send “a chilling message,” said Sara Mykelbust of Georgetown University, who has been studying the single-family rental phenomenon. So does the leaky eviction order.
The DNC’s New Finance Chair Embodies Everything the Left Hates About the Democratic Establishment
       
On May 5, Chris Korge was chosen to replace Henry Muñoz as the new finance chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Through high-priced events that brought donors together with local and other Democratic officials, Korge quickly became one of the DNC’s major fundraisers. DAC was being habitually shaken down by Penelas, Korge and other officials and lobbyists to pitch in money for campaigns and other causes. Korge used his influence in Democratic politics, and within Florida in particular, to support and recruit centrist to conservative candidates. The real test will come in August, when the DNC votes on whether or not to keep Korge on as finance chair.
CNN’s Coverage of Sanders Was 3X More Negative Than Biden Following Their Big Primary Wins
       
Sanders received more coverage after his win than Biden did after his: 419 mentions to Biden’s 249. But a larger share of Sanders’ mentions were negative, and fewer positive, than Biden’s. The above 3.26 figure was arrived at by comparing negative coverage as a proportion of total coverage for both candidates. Media coverage that drives up the negatives of a candidate can have a hand in harming their campaigns. Yet in the 24-hour period following his win, starting at midnight, CNN’s coverage of Sanders was slightly more negative than positive: He received 32 positive mentions, 33 negative mentions, and 354 neutral mentions from CNN guests or hosts.
Why Democrats Need To End the Filibuster
       
But it got killed in the Senate — by a filibuster.” —Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenOf course I remember how filibusters work! A filibuster is any procedural action to prevent the Senate from ever voting on a particular piece of legislation. Nowadays, senators don’t have to keep yakking to filibuster; instead, the minority party simply gives notice they intend to filibuster. Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates—including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — support or are ?“open” to ending the filibuster. For recent In These Times coverage of ending the filibuster, see, ?“The Union President Who’s Helping Put Filibuster Reform in Motion” and ?“Dethrone ?‘Filibuster King’ Mitch McConnell.”
Triangle First: With Powerful Video Single, “Wake Up,” Kaze4letter’s Keeps the Spirit of Black Lives Matter Protests Fresh
       
“Outside of Nipsey [Hussle] and YG’s “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)," I wanted something that spoke to and encapsulated what last summer felt like. I had to say something.”A North Carolina rap juggernaut in his own right, it’s been nearly seven years since the Chapel Hill emcee released any music. “We watched white supremacy run up the steps to the Capitol,” he says. Watch the music video for "Wake Up" below. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
The Left is Positioned to Win More Under Biden Than Any President in Decades
       
“ Both of these points—the strength of left movements, and the electoral crisis of the Democrats—need to be expanded. During the Trump years, the electoral movement continued to make headway, producing the Squad in Congress. For the Biden administration to realize its best impulses, the left will have to energetically make its case. The social movement and electoral left has much work to do. Having Democratic control of the White House, Senate and House is a rare trifecta.
Benched! Judge Removed from Election Case, Exiled to Bronx as Dem Party Power Struggle Heats Up in Brooklyn
       
Independent-minded judge transferred as Brooklyn Democratic Party machine looks for help from the the courts to ward off challenge from progressive reformers. Twice this past fall, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Edgar Walker issued injunctions that stopped the Brooklyn Democratic Party leadership’s efforts to crush the insurgency in the party’s ranks. This week a third lawsuit against the Brooklyn party machine was transferred from Walker to another Brooklyn judge. In late October, Judge Walker ordered the Brooklyn Democratic Party to hold its annual meeting remotely. As the plaintiffs’ attorney Ali Najmi stated after Walker’s second injunction, “The Brooklyn Democratic Party has been abusing its power, undermining democracy, and violating the Election Law.
UAW Members Have an Historic Opportunity to Democratize Their Union
       
If members vote for direct election of officers, another union-wide vote to select them would take place in 2022. Although Schneider was a Trump appointee, his commitment to a referendum vote in the UAW was influenced by a new reform network of UAW members, Unite All Workers for Democracy (UAWD), which had already been working to build support for one-member-one-vote. In early 2020 their effort to call a special convention to do just that fell short, with 26 locals representing 60,000 UAW members in support, below the 80,000 needed. This was not designed to democratize the organization, however, but rather to ensure that UAW-style factionalism would not break out at either the union convention or in the districts and locals. Those obstacles can be overcome, however, if UAW members and local leaders come to understand that democratic control of their organization is essential to building a larger and more potent union.
How to Win Medicare for All Under President Biden
       
The defunding of public health systems and long-standing health inequities can no longer be ignored. That solution is rooted in the savings, universality, comprehensive benefits, public health, and cost control generated by single-payer healthcare financing. But we lack the backing among enough elected officials to win politically, including from the newly inaugurated President Joe Biden. Our task is not to simply convince Biden to change his views on Medicare for All, but to change the political waters in which that view holds sway. As consumer advocate Wendell Potter writes, ?“Biden has proposed lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 and establishing a public health insurance option to compete with private insurers.
The “Essential Worker” Swindle
       
Politicians, pundits, CEOs and think tank staffers have spent the past 10 months effusively praising the heroism and sacrifice of essential workers. Walmart has taken out television ads praising and thanking essential workers (even as it has imperiled and underpaid those under its employ). The ?“essential worker” discourse has the effect of enforcing discipline on a labor force that CEOs and politicians have decided is dispensable. One anonymous worker told the researchers, ?“I had the virus in April and had to quarantine for a month. Essential workers themselves have been some of the loudest critics of the effusive praise with which their exploitation has been met.
Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.
       
Add to that the yearlong pandemic, and the case for Medicare for All has rarely been more obvious. Millions have been thrown off their job-based health insurance at the same time insurance companies rake in record profits. Joe Biden has heralded bipartisanship and vowed that “nothing will fundamentally change.” Though he initially ran on a so-called “public option,” the concept has vanished from his lexicon in recent months. Perhaps most gravely, these changes wouldn’t upend the private insurance system or end employment-based insurance — two central problems of the US health care system. Short of that, the Left can rally around a new bill from Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal, the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, which would cover all necessary care for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden Wants to Make Health Care “Secure for All.” He Should Just Make It Free.
       
One line, however, provided a somewhat ominous clue as to how the new administration expects to move on a critical policy area, namely health care reform: “We can reward work, rebuild the middle class,” Biden declared from atop the inaugural platform, “and make health care secure for all.”As anyone who has followed the broader health care debate closely should instantly recognize, words like “secure” often signal distance from any ambitious reform effort. Biden’s plan, at least as written on his still-active campaign website, is not without some very obvious problems. The bigger issue, at least for the moment, is that Biden’s pledge to make health care “secure for all” doesn’t sound much like the kind of rallying cry likely to precede large-scale health care reform. Still more worryingly, his recently announced COVID-19 relief plan adopts language from a letter sent to lawmakers by health insurance lobby groups. Forget making health care “affordable,” “accessible,” or “secure.” If Democrats actually believe it constitutes “a right for all, not a privilege for the few,” they should use their newly secured congressional majority to make health insurance national, universal, and free.
How Georgia Went Blue
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. In the run-up to the runoffs, Georgia Democrats did everything right, and the state’s Republicans did almost everything wrong.
Israeli NGO: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime
       
But they never took the next logical step, calling all of Israel, from the river to the sea, an apartheid regime. This conception views Israel and the Occupied Territories as two separate entities — Israel good, occupation bad. On this confiscated land, it has built scores of settlements, in which eight hundred thousand Israeli Jews live (in East Jerusalem and the West Bank). Israeli Palestinians are even imprisoned for writing poems and posting them on Facebook. If Israel is a single, integrated apartheid regime, then it becomes impossible to separate the territory within the Green Line from that outside it.
Joe Biden Has Preserved Key Ethics Loopholes for New Appointees
       
It also allows the ethics rules to be waived by an office run by Biden’s political appointees. Under the new order, executive branch appointees must agree not to lobby their former agencies for two years. The Biden ethics order, like the two previous administrations’ codes, prohibits appointees from participating in matters involving their former employers or clients for a period of two years. Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state, cofounded the strategic consulting firm WestExec Advisors. Only one senator asked Haines during her confirmation hearing Tuesday about her work with WestExec, and it was mostly embarrassing.
Remembering Margo St James, a Pioneering Sex Worker Organizer
       
That day, Margo St James, founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and a matriarch of the sex workers’ rights movement, died at the age of eighty-three. Getting Tough With the Cops Margo St James was born in Washington state in 1937, and by the age of seventeen, she had already married and given birth to a son. The arrest cost St James her job, and she eventually did begin to sell sex (though just how often would later be a subject of debate). In 1974, sex workers joined the Confederation of Ethiopian Labor Unions; in 1975, newly formed sex worker collectives in France and London occupied churches to protest police violence and police complicity in the murder of sex workers. They could.” Then, one evening in the winter of 1972, a group of San Francisco police raided an upscale bordello.
The Capitol Rioters Must Face Consequences
       
No one in the United States has been treated with more unearned grace and deference over these past four years than Donald Trump’s supporters. We knew even before the 2016 presidential election that the median household income for Trump supporters outpaced that of the average American home. These were the kinds of very fine, almost exclusively white people who took over the Capitol in the president’s name. The actions of the rioters belied the law-and-order rhetoric trumpeted by Trump supporters throughout his administration. Current Issue View our current issueThat’s why those involved must face consequences, something we haven’t seen enough of yet.
Amanda Gorman’s Poem Rhymes With Biden’s Climate Agenda
       
This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. For those worried about climate change, the ever-shining light referenced in Gorman’s poem was perhaps difficult to make out during Donald Trump’s presidency. The 180-degree reversal in US climate policy was also clear from the executive orders President Biden signed on the afternoon of his inauguration. The United States will rejoin the Paris Agreement. For journalists, one thing is clear: Climate change will be a major story in Biden’s first year as president.
Biden Must Reverse Pompeo’s ‘Terrorist’ Move Against Cuba
       
Syria, Libya, Iraq, and South Yemen were the first nations to be designated sponsors of international terrorism. The election of Barack Obama created high expectations for what Obama called “a new beginning with Cuba” and an honest revision of the terrorism list. While condemnable, their crimes do not meet the statutory criteria for international terrorism, as American University professor William LeoGrande has pointed out in Responsible Statecraft. “Cuba has been Norway’s partner in the Colombian peace process,” Norway’s foreign minister, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, stated last week, rejecting Pompeo’s arguments. For the sanctity of truth and integrity, it is time to remove Cuba from the terrorism list—once and for all.
The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn
       
Multiple outlets reported that before he ran for office, Cawthorn was training for the 2020 Paralympic Games. There is little detail, but according to Micah Bock, Cawthorn’s campaign communications director, he intended to compete in the 400-meter dash at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. But his hopes for the Paralympic Games, now slated for summer 2021, were allegedly dashed by his worsening disability. Cawthorn frequently said on social media that he was “training” for the Paralympic Games. He represented Team USA in track and field in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games.
‘Signal:Noise’ Says a Fond Farewell
       
Rarely, if ever, in US political history has an inauguration felt more like an exorcism. He was busy signing executive orders rolling back everything from the Muslim travel ban to attacks on environmental regulation. More Signal:Noise Farewell to a Monster Sasha Abramsky Is It Curtains for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean that Biden’s administration will do everything right; nor does it mean that journalists ought to withhold criticism if criticism is merited. Which brings me to “Signal:Noise.” This, my 124th “Signal:Noise” column, is my last.
Why Biden’s ‘Virtual’ Border Could Be Worse Than Trump’s Wall
       
And over the last four years, there has been no clearer representation of Trump’s anti-immigrant fervor than the border wall. Related Article Meet the Boy Scouts of the Border Patrol Morley MusickUnlike a border wall, an advanced virtual “border” doesn’t just exist along the demarcation dividing countries. Whatever its direction, there will likely be an expansion of immigration and border technology, and it will involve a slew of private actors. Yet technological capabilities have improved dramatically since then, and the vision of a pervasive and interconnected travel surveillance apparatus is now more realizable. “If this becomes the focal point of the Biden administration’s border security plan, I think there’s going to be a lot more scrutiny,” she said.
Twitter and Facebook Just Proved That Deplatforming Works
       
We also have evidence that ex-president Donald Trump could never have threatened democratic self-government without the help of social media companies. There are a lot of factors, but I would argue that the biggest one is that the social media companies took away their toys. These people will be back, of course, because social media companies have a business incentive to bring them back. Social media companies can never again act like they’re merely neutral players in the marketplace of ideas. One that social media companies should revoke.
These are Biden’s Day One actions on climate and environment
       
President Joe Biden signs his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. | Evan Vucci/APPresident Joe Biden officially took office Wednesday, and immediately set to work reversing some of former President Donald Trump‘s environmental policies. As he did on his campaign and transition website, Biden emphasized the climate crisis as one of the major challenges facing his administration, along with the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism. “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural address. Some of these orders had important implications for the climate and environment.
Secretary of State nominee, Tony Blinken, sticking with some bad policies
       
Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkin. On North Korea, Blinken said, “we have to review, and we intend to review, the entire approach and policy toward North Korea because this is a hard problem that has plagued administration after administration. One important “option,” that the U.S. should reduce or eliminate the nuclear missiles it has pointing at North Korea from all direction was not mentioned. The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy there in 2017. Guaido, with support from the Trump administration, has pushed to oust President Nicolas Maduro and has claimed the incumbent’s re-election win in 2018 was rigged.
A Love/Hate Tango – Science and Ruling Classes
       
The ruling class loves science that increases its profits but hates the science put forward by Karl Marx, a science that dissects and explains capitalism and how to replace it. Ruling classes started out loving science, especially if accumulating fortunes were associated with it. Ruling classes like science when it can show how applied science – technology – can produce commodities, like plastics and pesticides, to make mega profits. But when young Marx exposed the brutal reality of the powers that be enclosing land and forests, that was another matter. We need science to help us with electric vehicles, solar power, vaccines, and with the overall quality of our lives.
‘Goin’ Back to T- Town’: Lessons from the Tulsa Race Massacre
       
Smoke billows skyward in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oka., on June 1, 1921, when white mobs invaded the Black neighborhood district, killed hundreds of residents, and burned down more than 1,200 homes. of Tulsa LibraryProducer Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) and Narrator Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing) use the infamous Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot, as a focal point for exploring the perils and pitfalls not only of segregation, but of integration, as well. Black residents settled around North Tulsa, building a virtually self-sufficient community of 11,000 residents in the Greenwood neighborhood. When Black demonstrators protested, armed white crowds attacked and moved on Greenwood, burning, looting, and killing Black residents. By the time the National Guard restored order, as many as 300 Black residents in Greenwood were killed and 35 city blocks were destroyed.
Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War
       
It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden’s promise to end the war in Yemen. Yemen is yet another forever war that ultimately benefits purported enemies more than helping the people of the United States. Two of those were forced out, and the last is in the process of losing the Yemen War. Yemen is yet another forever war that ultimately benefits purported enemies more than helping the people of the United States. He also restated Biden’s campaign promise to end U.S. support for the Yemen War.
The Lege This Week: Texas Lawmakers Tackle the Budget
       
From budget cuts to ending Confederate Heroes Day, get caught up on what happened in the Texas lege the week of January 18. What We’re Following: The BudgetFirst up is the passage of a state budget for the next biennium: 2022-23. / Dallas Morning NewsVaccine fast-track: Texas lawmakers get offer to skip the line for COVID-19 inoculationThe head of Austin’s public health authority asked a local hospital system to provide state lawmakers and staff with coronavirus vaccines, regardless of their eligibility. But they say this year feels different / Texas TribuneVoting groups warn Texas lawmakers aren’t making it easy for people who want a say in redistrictingVoting groups say redistricting plans the Texas Senate laid out in a resolution passed last week do not reasonably accommodate public input. Texas Senate Republicans keep ability to block bills out of Dems’ reachWith Dan Patrick’s bare-knuckled push to lower the vote threshold for bills to reach the floor, he washed away three years of victories at the ballot box by Democrats in the Texas Senate.
Stallball: Senate GOP schemes to cripple Biden’s economic stimulus plan
       
And that plan would put more money in workers’ hands, Biden’s Treasury Secretary nominee, Janet Yellen, told lawmakers. “The [coronavirus] pandemic has caused widespread devastation. He doesn’t want the $2,000 checks for every adult, including the $600 Congress OKd in the last coronavirus economic aid package on Dec. 27. One in five are out of work,” Wyden told Yellen. Meanwhile, “Trump repeatedly pushed a false choice between public health and economic recovery, and now the country has neither,” he added.
Coronavirus hits labor movement: Union numbers down, density up
       
But in a paradox, while union membership declined in its annual report, union density rose by 0.5%, to 10.8% in 2020. While last year was filled with unemployment and economic pain because of a deadly pandemic and the incompetent federal response to it, union density rose. Men’s union density rose 0.2%, to 11% last year, representing 7.582 million workers. “Comparisons with union membership measures for earlier years, including the union membership rate and the median usual weekly earnings of union members, should be interpreted with caution,” it warned. Density “and the rates by many demographic and employment characteristics increased despite declines in the number of union members.
Big Banks Reflect Nation’s Lopsided Economic Recovery: Live Updates
       
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Senate Confirms Austin in Historic Vote, Installing First Black Defense Secretary
       
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd J. Austin III as defense secretary, filling a critical national security position in President Biden’s cabinet and elevating the first Black American in the country’s history to lead the Pentagon. The 93-to-2 vote came a day after Congress swiftly moved to grant Mr. Austin, a retired four-star Army general, a special waiver to hold the post, which is required for any defense secretary who has been out of active-duty military service for fewer than seven years. It reflected a bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that it was urgent for Mr. Biden to have his Pentagon pick installed, a step normally taken on a new president’s first day. “It’s an extraordinary, historic moment,” said Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee. He retired in 2016 after 41 years in the military, and is widely respected across the Army.
Aubrey Gordon, the writer behind ‘Your Fat Friend,’ has some thoughts on diets, BMI and the relentless advice of strangers
       
Q: Why do you think people hate — and I mean openly hate — fat people, particularly fat women, so much? There are deep, deep, deep racist roots to all of this . We’ve been talking about a war on obesity for years, and that facilitates this kind of open season on fat people. [Some people are] constantly ringing the bell on how dangerous it is to be fat, but that’s not making fat people thin. Maybe people are willing to think about how they think about and treat fat people.
To court socially minded millennials, some wineries are investing in more than grapes
       
Public accountability also attracted Janie Brooks Heuck, managing director of Brooks winery, in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills region. They will be surpassed this year by Generation X (ages 40 to 55) as the largest purchasers of wine, the report projects. “We’ve had all our suppliers sign a code of conduct — our growers, our glass company, label company and cork supplier,” Heuck says. They are also buying carbon offsets, investing in another B Corporation that works on carbon sequestration in agriculture. I think they feel good buying from companies they feel good about.”As Escobar says of his efforts to create a U.S. market that can help Bolivia’s grape growers escape poverty, “Who wouldn’t want to do good by drinking good juice?”
Trinidad-style aloo and channa infuses an Indian classic with Caribbean flavor
       
This Trinidad-Style Aloo and Channa stew clearly borrows a page from the classical Indian version popular on the subcontinent. For instance, the Trinidadian version uses ground Chief brand curry powder instead of individual spices. In addition, Trinidad-style aloo and channa enlists the pungent, floral herb culantro. Where to Buy: Chief curry powder can be found in Caribbean grocery stores or online. Allow the curry powder to bloom, constantly stirring, about 30 seconds.
Amazon presses for in-person voting for unionization election in the midst of a pandemic
       
The RWDSU, which filed in November a petition with the NLRB to hold the Amazon unionization vote, will need to win a majority of votes cast in the balloting, not a majority of the bargaining unit itself. ADAmazon’s two filings ask the full board of the NLRB to review the in-person voting ruling and to stay an election until that matter is decided. The board established the mail-in voting guidelines in November after objections emerged in a union election for nurses at a Michigan hospital. Moreover, in-person voting could disenfranchise voters who have covid-19 or are concerned about contracting the disease, she wrote. Amazon also cited the recent presidential election, where many states held in-person voting to argue against Henderson’s voting decision.
Great Lakes ice reaches lowest mid-January level on record, part of climate trend
       
That’s an uptick from the near-zero ice coverage that has persisted virtually the entire season. ADADLake Ontario, meanwhile, is hovering at just above 1 percent ice coverage, while Lake Michigan, doubling that, still only sits a tad over 2 percent. “Ice coverage is definitely below normal,” said James Kessler, a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, in an interview. Kessler said that the reduction in ice coverage is helpful for the Coast Guard, tasked with breaking the ice to allow shipping vessels across the lakes. Dwindling ice coverage is nothing new for the Great Lakes, with climate change and other factors contributing to about a 5 percent decline in maximum ice coverage per decade since records began in 1973.
The case against Democrats nuking the filibuster
       
And given Senate Democrats need 10 GOP votes to pass most legislation under current rules, plenty are arguing the time is now. But if Republicans vote in unison, Democrats could afford precisely zero defections. Despite Donald Trump losing the popular vote in 2016, for instance, 30 of 50 states went red. He lost the popular vote in 2020 by more than four points, but still won half of states. In 2013, when he was Senate majority leader, Reid nuked it for non-Supreme Court judicial nominees in the face of a GOP blockade.
Her relay comeback blew away the Internet. Back at Georgetown Day, this was routine for Ziyah Holman.
       
Most of the time, Holman proved Belber wrong, carrying the Grasshoppers from behind to win dozens of relay races. On Saturday, Belber streamed the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., on his laptop in Northwest Washington. ADADBelber turned to his 15-year-old daughter, Anna, and said: “Back in high school, I would’ve expected Ziyah to catch those girls. Holman ran a 51.79-second split to lead Michigan to victory with a time of 3:48.02. ADThis summer, Holman hopes to qualify for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with the United States 4x400-meter relay team.
Opinion | Here’s what Biden can do right now to get more Americans on the Internet
       
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Biden to reverse Trump orders seen as hostile to federal workers
       
ADThe third order told federal agencies to provide employees only the required minimum chance to improve before being subject to discipline. ADThe orders further soured relations between the Trump administration and federal unions, which quickly challenged them in court. ADThe Trump orders on bargaining and official time were statements of policy and were subject to being reversed summarily. ADBiden on Wednesday had canceled another Trump administration order on the federal workforce, one issued last September. Using American taxpayer dollars to advance a radical, woke agenda designed to stir disdain for American values has no place in our federal agencies.”
Opinion | Biden’s predecessors emboldened Putin. Here’s how he can get Russia right.
       
This approach failed to account for a fundamental maxim of Russian history: that domestic repression is always followed by foreign aggression. Contrary to Kremlin propaganda, those of us who oppose Putin are not asking foreigners for money, political support or regime change. ADADIt is estimated that personal Russian holdings abroad range from $800 billion to $1.3 trillion, with much of this wealth linked to Putin himself. Few things would be as effective — or as popular in Russia — as going after this money. The United States should invest in public diplomacy and expand people-to-people exchanges between Russians and Americans.
Google is threatening to pull its search engine out of Australia
       
The proposed media law would force the tech companies to negotiate with media companies on payments for previewing and linking to their content. That arrangement is untenable, Mel Silva, the head of Google in Australia and New Zealand, said in prepared testimony released ahead of the hearing Friday. Just this week, Google agreed to negotiate payments to French publishers. In the U.S., Google is facing multiple federal and state antitrust lawsuits that allege the company has used its domination of online search to benefit its other businesses and push out competitors. Its proposal, known as Google News Showcase, would mean news organizations negotiate directly with Google over payments.
Schumer says article of impeachment against Trump will be delivered to Senate on Monday
       
The House impeached Trump on a single article of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 takeover of the Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob. “Make no mistake, there will be a trial, and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the insurrection against the United States,” Schumer said. ADSchumer pushed back on arguments by some Republicans that a trial of a president who has already left office would be unconstitutional. Democrats are seeking to convict Trump and bar him from holding federal office again. Our managers are ready to begin to make their case to 100 Senate jurors through the trial process.”
Wall Street can relax, moderates have the mandate
       
New York (CNN Business) Stocks have surged since Election Day and are near record highs. Wall Street is clearly a fan of President Joe Biden's new administration -- and it's largely because of growing hope that moderates in both parties will continue to call the shots. Investors are hoping that could lead to a compromise on a Covid-19 stimulus bill, albeit perhaps smaller than the $1.9 trillion package Biden has pushed. And for those who worried a more decisive blue wave would lead Biden to embrace more progressive policies, they can breathe a little easier now. In other words, the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders wing of the party will have to wait their turn.
Ford will recall 3 million vehicles for airbag problems, after losing fight with safety regulator
       
New York (CNN Business) Ford is recalling 3 million US and Canadian vehicles with airbags manufactured by the same company whose devices have been linked to at least 18 deaths in the United States. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday rejected Ford's argument that this version of the airbags didn't need to be replaced. The recall centers on a defect in airbags made by Takata, a now-bankrupt Japanese manufacturer . Prior to this week's announcement, the US portion of the recall had already reached 67 million airbags in more than 40 million vehicles. Although the Takata airbags used by Ford are a different but similar version from those involved in the previous recalls, safety regulators said they still pose a risk.
Netherlands bans all flights from the U.K., South Africa, South America
       
SEE NEW POSTSNetherlands bans all flights from the U.K., South Africa, South America The Netherlands is banning flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and some countries in South America, government officials announced Friday. The ban extends to 15 countries in South America, including Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, according to the statement. Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA.
1,900 Covid vaccine doses ruined by loose freezer plug at Massachusetts VA hospital
       
SEE NEW POSTS1,900 Covid vaccine doses ruined by loose freezer plug at Massachusetts VA hospital A Massachusetts Veterans Affairs hospital said that nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine were spoiled after a cleaning contractor accidentally unplugged a refrigerator. The VA also said that replenishments were on the way and that they did not expect that the loss of nearly 2,000 doses of vaccine would impact their vaccination efforts. Share this -Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA.
Opinion: The eviction ban should remain in effect long after the pandemic is over
       
Juliet Brodie is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and director of its Community Law Clinic, where she represents low-income tenants in eviction cases. (CNN) The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a basic fact of American life: When people unexpectedly lose work or face unforeseen expenses, they can't pay their rent. As lawyers who represent low-income tenants, we are used to explaining to our clients the legal insignificance of their economic circumstances, however compelling. Juliet BrodieLarisa BowmanThe pandemic, terrible as it is, has given some tenants a reprieve from the usual injustice of eviction. It does not relieve tenants of the obligation to pay; landlords can still sue them for the money in civil court.
Biden's Catholic and supports abortion rights. It puts him in the majority of American Catholics.
       
Catholics increasingly express their support for reproductive rights, and the bishops who claim to speak for us have little understanding of the people in their pews. And, in fact, many practicing Catholics who support reproductive rights often do so not despite their faith, but because of it. Most American Catholics support reproductive choice. All over the world, people of all faith traditions are championing with increased urgency the sexual and reproductive health of all people. The Biden administration must listen to their voices, and commit to securing these most basic human rights.
K-Pop Stans Hijack GOP Congresswoman's #ImpeachBidenNow Hashtag
       
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), whose support of the QAnon conspiracy theory is well documented, attempted to turn #ImpeachBidenNow into a viral hashtag on Thursday night. By Friday morning, she instead learned the power and passion of K-pop fans. On Thursday, President Joe Biden’s second day in office, Greene announced that she had filed articles of impeachment against him, accusing him of abusing his power when he was vice president by allowing his son, Hunter, to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, according to The Hill. To accompany her announcement, she tweeted ”#ImpeachBidenNow.”
A Look At The House Kamala Harris Will Live In While Vice President
       
ASSOCIATED PRESS The vice president's residence is located on the grounds of the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, however, had to delay her move to Number One Observatory Circle, the traditional residence for veeps on the grounds of the U.S. Reports emerged this week that Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are staying at Blair House temporarily while the 19th century vice president’s residence undergoes repairs. This tradition dates back to 1977, when President Jimmy Carter’s vice president, Walter Mondale, moved into Number One Observatory Circle ? also known as the Superintendent’s House, the Admiral’s House, or VPR (vice president’s residence). Bush, who served as vice president from 1981 to 1989, added a horseshoe pit and quarter-mile jogging track.
The Supreme Court Was Complicit In Donald Trump’s Execution Spree
       
Federal law requires executions to be conducted in the manner authorized by the state where the conviction occurred. Intent on killing Higgs before leaving office, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene. Late Friday night, the high court acquiesced to the government’s request and allowed Higgs’ execution to go forward. “Every contested motion that was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court was decided in favor of execution over the course of 13 cases. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Body of missing Oklahoma woman Talina Galloway found in freezer in Arkansas, roommate charged with her murder
       
A woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of her missing roommate Talina Galloway after the 53-year-old’s dismembered remains were found in a freezer in Arkansas last week, the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma announced Friday. Authorities had been searching for Talina since April 17, 2020, when her roommate, Kore Bommeli, reported her missing from their Oklahoma home. Sheriff Elliott said it was important to note that the tag number checked back to a missing woman in Wagoner County - Talina Galloway. On Thursday, Wagoner County District Attorney Jack Thorp obtained an arrest warrant for Talina’s roommate, Bommeli, who authorities said had been a prime suspect in the disappearance. Justice won.”Anyone with information about Talina Galloway’s case, is urged to call the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office at 918-485-3124.
My Co-Worker Is a Scammer and She Gets on My Last Nerve
       
Pick your battles (even if they’re with liars)My white, middle-aged co-worker is a scammer. You can best believe there’s a racial dynamic to why I’m not being heard. What’s the best way to navigate racial politics in the workplace? Navigating racial politics at work is complicated and maddening. How does it help you to get riled up if she comes to work late?
N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks in the Conference Championships
       
It isn’t unusual for quarterbacks to command most of the attention, but this matchup goes beyond that. Brady, with more career touchdown passes and more Super Bowl wins than any other player, had a terrific 2020 season, throwing 40 touchdown passes and ending Tampa Bay’s long postseason drought. Two came in Brady’s time with the New England Patriots, with Brady beating the Packers in 2018 and Rodgers beating the Patriots in 2014. They faced each other in Week 6 of this season, with the Buccaneers winning, 38-10. In that scenario, the team would rely on Brady to put up points against a good defense that is not nearly as explosive.
Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.
       
KYIV, Ukraine — After a revolution seven years ago, Ukrainians discovered that their ousted president had used public money to build himself a gigantic palace with a private zoo, a golf course and a garage full of antique cars. To prevent such corruption in the future, a raft of reforms were put in place including a requirement that nearly all government contracts be made public, lest secret kickbacks slip into the pockets of high-ranking officials. The overhaul, widely seen as a rare success in the country’s otherwise halting anticorruption drive, covered tens of millions of dollars in annual medical procurement deals. But to secure vaccine supplies, Ukraine has been forced to largely abandon the rule — a move that the government says is not its choice as much as the demand of the pharmaceutical giants that control the supply.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Amid Vaccine Shortage, C.D.C. Quietly Changes Immunization Guidelines
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Amid Vaccine Shortage, C.D.C. A nursing home resident receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Budapest this month. By comparison, the United States has vaccinated around 4.5 percent of its population, and most European countries less than 2 percent. The country’s health minister told reporters this week that 42,000 volunteers had been trained to carry out the inoculation drive. The deputy prime minister and health minister also submitted their resignations.
‘Every Two Months, One of My Teammates Dies’
       
“I guess if I had thought about it, or if somebody had warned me, I would have maybe protected myself,” Curry said. “But you begin to think of certain people, like Forrest Gregg or Bart Starr or Willie Davis, as indestructible. Curry, who called himself a “snot-nosed white kid” from outside Atlanta, had never played on an integrated team before joining the Packers, he said. With a smile, Davis told Curry to feel good, that he could do it. I never looked at human beings, any human being, in the same way again that I had previously.
When Baseball Mattered - The New York Times
       
The result is that today's players have lost all concept of history. The players today think that they're making $10 million a year because they have talent and people want to give them money. The upside of this is that baseball, and baseball only, has Jackie Robinson. Here's hoping that on the 50th anniversary of Jackie's historic breakthrough, baseball will honor him in a way that really matters. It could hire more black umpires, more black doctors, more black concessionaries, more black executives.
Governors order their National Guard troops home after some were told to sleep in a parking garage.
       
The governors’ orders were the latest signs of outrage over the relocation of the troops on Thursday to the ground of a parking garage at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building. Members of Congress demanded that the National Guard members be returned to the Capitol building, with some offering to let the troops sleep in their offices. They were eventually moved back into the Capitol, Capt. Edwin Nieves Jr., a spokesman for the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Guard, said on Friday morning. The Pentagon said Friday that most of the nearly 26,000 National Guard troops who had helped secure the event were heading home.
What Jerry Brown Could Teach Joe Biden
       
“The essence of any kind of creation is there are limits, and you have to understand the limits,” Mr. Brown said. Episodic fragmentary buzz bits of public presentation — that’s not leadership.”“Anyway, this is like Politics 101,” he volunteered. Few figures in American politics have the durability and longevity to match Mr. Brown, who first won statewide office in 1970, or Mr. Biden, who won his Senate seat in 1972. Mr. Brown was both California’s oldest governor and its youngest one in modern times; Mr. Biden is the oldest American president and was one of the youngest senators ever to serve. For Mr. Brown, it was a budget crisis so crippling that California had resorted to issuing i.o.u.s to stay solvent.
What Defines Domestic Abuse? Survivors Say It’s More Than Assault
       
Doubt about how the justice system would treat them is not unfounded: About 88 percent of survivors surveyed by the ACLU said the police did not believe them or blamed them for the abuse. “Officers on the ground don’t understand” coercive control, said Harriet Wistrich, the center’s director. Others are concerned that, in the United States, adopting and implementing new laws could drain resources from survivors’ pressing logistical needs, or from other pathways to justice. Judy Harris Kluger, a retired New York judge who is executive director of the nonprofit Sanctuary for Families, said she agreed that coercive control is important as a concept. Its domestic abuse laws enacted in 2019 focus on coercive control and include funding for training; a majority of its police and support staff has taken mandatory courses to understand the issue, said Detective Superintendent Debbie Forrester, Police Scotland’s lead for domestic abuse.
Among possible contenders for Md. governor in 2022, Alsobrooks raised the most
       
Baltimore County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski (D) was close behind, with $805,750 for the year. Efforts picked back up in September, Rice said, and have included a virtual barbecue, Zoom events and a virtual “1,000 Women for Alsobrooks” event. That ban was lifted Oct. 1, following the passage of a bill to repeal the it that Alsobrooks supported. About 70 percent of the donations to Alsobrooks arrived after the ban ended. Other potential Democratic contenders for the gubernatorial nomination include Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, former U.S. education secretary John B.
Still dazzled by the inauguration show? Here’s how it came together, and why Tom Hanks looked so cold.
       
And there was the need to show the new president celebrating with his family in the White House. “There was a feeling of determination, but also uncertainty,” says Stephanie Cutter, one of the show’s executive producers. A ceremony the night before the inauguration recognized Americans who died of covid-19 with 400 lights around the Reflecting Pool. It was hosted live at the Lincoln Memorial by Tom Hanks who, yes, was just as freezing as he looked. For Black Pumas singer Eric Burton, the request to perform his band’s song “Colors” came only two days before inauguration.
D.C.’s day-care employees criticize the city’s vaccine plan for prioritizing school staff over them
       
Public school staff and teachers are scheduled to begin receiving vaccinations on Jan. 25, and health leaders plan for day-care workers and private school staff to follow immediately after, though they have not provided a date. These vaccines would go to school staff scheduled to begin working in-person by early February. Bowser stressed at a briefing Thursday that day-care workers are still a priority group ahead of the general public. The traditional public school system is scheduled to reopen Feb. 1, days after they will begin receiving the vaccine. ADMore than 300 of the city’s roughly 450 day cares are open and operating.
Virginia Democrats seek to remove member of state’s new redistricting commission as it convenes for first meeting
       
ADEight members of the legislature — four Democrats and four Republicans — make up the rest of the panel. ADThe state constitutional amendment creating the commission, approved by voters in November, included no mechanism for removing a member. Though his account was taken down shortly after he was appointed to the commission, Feliciano has acknowledged posting the tweets that have drawn ire from Democrats. The Democratic Party of Virginia called Thursday for Feliciano’s removal, as did the group Emily’s List, which supports women in politics. “We all want the same thing out of this commission — fair votes for everybody,” Feliciano said in the online meeting.
New River Gorge: America’s newest national park is one of West Virginia’s hidden gems
       
But the curtain is being drawn back on the canyon, because part of it has become America’s 63rd national park. Shelley Moore Capito (R) and Joe Manchin III (D) of West Virginia to reclassify the New River Gorge National River’s 72,186 acres as a national park and preserve. The New River Gorge Bridge spans the canyon 876 feet above the river. New River Gorge Bridge W. VA. Fayetteville Charleston Detail Oak Hill Rainelle New River Gorge National Park and Preserve 5 MILES New River Gorge Bridge W. VA. Fayetteville Charleston Detail Rainelle Oak Hill New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Beckley 5 MILES New River Gorge Bridge W. VA. Fayetteville Charleston Detail Rainelle Oak Hill New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Beckley Keeney Knob 5 MILESThe updated title of park and preserve makes the New River Gorge only the second site outside Alaska to receive that designation. We call West Virginia ‘wild’ and ‘wonderful,’ and this certainly is,” says Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who proposed reclassifying New River Gorge National River as a national park.
Boris Johnson says U.K. coronavirus variant may be more deadly
       
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Opinion | Senate Democrats must investigate their insurrectionist colleagues
       
They therefore walk a fine line:While it was within Senators’ rights to object to the electors, the conduct of Senators Cruz and Hawley, and potentially others, went beyond that. So long as the committee is deadlocked, Cruz and Hawley will face no discipline. ADADIt is an open secret that Cruz is one of the least-liked members of the Senate. But it is a truism that the Senate is a club in which members are loath to call out colleagues for conduct in which they themselves had engaged. Sadly, lying to stir up low-information, violent extremists is nothing new in the Republican Senate caucus.
Twitter should ban Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - The Washington Post
       
The social media playing field remains starkly tilted in favor of the dictatorship. For many ordinary Iranians, Khamenei’s words are not empty threats but have real consequences on their lives. While the government was brutally killing its own people in the streets, Khamenei and other officials were using Twitter to mislead the world. Only after pressure did Twitter remove one such post from his English-language account — but it allowed Khamenei to post the same disinformation in Persian. Our only tool to hold power to account is social media, above all in the form of Twitter or Facebook.
Opinion | Want to understand the GOP’s problem? Look at its newly elected extremists.
       
The answer is pretty clear: What sells in today’s GOP is performative lib-owning. But AOC and Porter found ways to do high-profile policy advocacy anyway, because it’s what Democrats care about. They spent months arguing vociferously about the merits of single-payer health care versus the public option. Can you even fathom something like that happening in the 2024 Republican primaries? But that’s not going to get you on Fox News, because their voters don’t really care.
Opinion | China threw down the gauntlet to the Biden team on day one
       
By commencing the new bilateral relationship with a provocative escalation, Beijing is attempting to warn incoming Biden administration officials they could suffer personal costs if they dare run afoul of the Chinese Communist Party’s delicate and paranoid sensibilities. The true intent of the sanctions is to target incoming officials — an audacious attempt to intimidate them against continuing any of Trump’s policies. Beijing’s second error was thinking the Biden team disagrees with the Trump administration’s fundamental stance toward China. The Biden administration is rebranding, not reinventing, the Trump administration’s China approach. Beijing’s greatest fear is that the Biden team will be better at it than Trump.
White House press secretary Psaki holds news conference
       
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Austin confirmed as nation’s first African American defense secretary
       
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African Union secures 270 million extra Covid vaccine doses for the continent
       
Johannesburg (CNN) The African Union has secured an additional 270 million Covid vaccines doses for African countries, but it still may not be enough to meet demand for the region, the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) announced Wednesday. African Union Chair President Cyril Ramaphosa said "From the onset of this pandemic, our focus as a continent has been on collaboration and collective effort. All 270 million vaccine doses will be made available this year with at least 50 million being available for the crucial period of April to June 2021." AVATT was formed in August to ensure the continent could secure enough vaccine doses to achieve herd immunity. The People's Vaccine Alliance, an international vaccine watchdog that includes Amnesty International and Oxfam, said in December that rich countries had bought enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to immunize their populations three times over.
Zimbabwe's foreign minister dies after contracting Covid-19
       
(CNN) Zimbabwe's foreign minister, Sibusiso Moyo, has died at a local hospital after catching Covid, said government spokesman George Charamba, on Wednesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa paid tribute to Moyo, saying Zimbabwe had lost "a devoted public servant and a true hero." "I have lost a friend. He fought his entire life so that Zimbabwe could be free," he said in a tweet. The Foreign Ministry said he was "a man who fought tirelessly for a better Zimbabwe."
Apple CEO Tim Cook once gave President Trump a $5,999 Mac Pro
       
(CNN Business) In a new financial document released just hours after he left the White House, former President Donald Trump disclosed Apple CEO Tim Cook once gave him a $5,999 Mac Pro computer. did not respond to a request for comment on whether it was the first Mac Pro computer out of the factory, but the timing seems unlikely. The Mac Pro gift likely stems from a November 2019 factory visit to highlight American jobs at the Flex Ltd. manufacturing facility that makes Apple products. While the Mac Pro is a costly gift, it's the baseline cost of the current 2020 model. After Trump famously called Cook "Tim Apple" at a White House event, the CEO changed his name to that on Twitter.
Netflix, Disney+ and other streaming sites offer more diverse shows than cable, study finds
       
New York (CNN Business) Americans want more diversity on TV, and they're increasingly finding more of it on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Disney+ than on cable, according to a new Nielsen study. In the ratings company's first-ever TV diversity and inclusion report , Nielsen examined the 2019 on-screen cast demographics for the 100 most popular, first-run shows in the United States on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. — including a Audiences from all demographic groups preferred shows with more diverse casting, Nielsen researchers found, echoing similar findings from earlier studies— including a 2018 UCLA Hollywood diversity report. The study ranked media platforms based on the top 10 recurring cast members on each of their top 100 shows, excluding sports, movies and animation. The Nielsen study found that White, non-Hispanic actors make up 81.2% of all recurring characters on broadcast, cable and streaming programs combined.
Walmart will expand Covid-19 vaccinations to more states
       
New York (CNN Business) Walmart is rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine in more states as the Biden administration tries to accelerate distribution. Walmart WMT The company has been administering vaccines in recent weeks in some of its locations in New Mexico and Arkansas. Each state determines which population groups are eligible to receive the vaccine, and the vaccine will only be available to those designated groups at Walmart pharmacies. "We are going by what the state tells us in terms of priority groups they want our help vaccinating," a Walmart spokesperson said. So far, more than 17 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to the latest CDC data .
South African government minister Jackson Mthembu dies of Covid
       
(CNN) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of Covid-19. Mthembu was one of the government's key leaders in its response to the pandemic and the public face during many Covid-19 press briefings"It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. — Cyril Ramaphosa ?? #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) January 21, 2021"Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and life-long champion of freedom and democracy. He was a much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss," Ramaphosa added.
Nigeria's Burna Boy featured on US inauguration playlist
       
At this point, I have agreed, Burna Boy is African GIANT ?????. We have dashed him the crown ???Raedio President Benoni Tagoe said the company was honored to create the playlist. His album 'Twice as Tall' was nominated for Best Global Music album at the upcoming Grammy awards while his debut album 'African Giant' was also nominated for the same award last year. Burna Boy performs onstage during the Post Show at the 2019 BET AwardsBurna Boy has been a vocal critic of governments across the continent. The artist later changed his mind and announced that he would perform at the 'Africa Unite' concert in South Africa, the concert was later canceled.
YouTube's Alex Okosi sees 'tremendous' opportunity in Africa's creative market
       
? https://t.co/LC19z9DE3A pic.twitter.com/QbuQa29lvfCNN's Eleni Giokos recently spoke with Alex Okosi, YouTube's managing director of emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to talk about the opportunities he sees in the future for African creatives. Eleni Giokos: How important is the African market for YouTube? Photos: Behind the scenes with Netflix in Africa Photos: Behind the scenes with Netflix in Africa Entertainment giant Netflix has turned its focus to the African continent. Whether it's Kenya and Nigeria, from comedians to chefs, to whatever you could think of, we're really shining over this time. There's a diversity of creatives across all different spaces that really, really shine on the platform.
EU and US call for probe into Uganda election violence as Bobi Wine remains under house arrest
       
Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday. In the weeks leading up to the election, there were several incidences of violence and human rights violations said Human Rights Watch. Bobi Wine and his wife, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, are seen at home in this photo Wine tweeted on Tuesday, January 19. Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor for United States President-elect Joe Biden, described the house arrest as "deeply concerning" on Sunday. The United States ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday.
US ambassador blocked from visiting Bobi Wine as official warns 'don't cry for Ugandans'
       
(CNN) The United States ambassador to Uganda was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday. Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday. Uganda's longtime leader President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term, amid an internet blackout and allegations of rigging. — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 18, 2021Speaking through one of his associates, Wine said he had run out of food and that Brown was unable to leave any with him. pic.twitter.com/KVLDR3IH6y — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 19, 2021Wine rejects Saturday's election results, saying he has evidence of fraud and intimidation.
Nigerian teen jailed for blasphemy has sentence quashed
       
(CNN) A Nigerian teen who was convicted in the northwest of the country of blasphemy has had his sentence overturned, his lawyer said Friday. The appellate division of the Kano State High Court set aside Omar Farouq's sentence on Thursday because he did not have legal representation at his first trial, his counsel Kola Alapinni told CNN. A Sharia court in Kano State convicted Farouq in August last year and sentenced him to ten years in prison after he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend. He will be released Monday after being in captivity for over five months with no access to family or lawyers. The Sharia court judgment which was nullified Thursday described him as a 17-year-old minor, but Alapinni told CNN his client is 13.
Nigeria approves $17m for nationwide oxygen plants amid Covid-19 surge
       
(CNN) Nigeria's president has approved the release of 6.45 billion naira ($16.94 million) to set up oxygen production plants in 38 sites to help treat COVID-19 patients as authorities contend with a sharp rise in cases, the government said on Thursday. Africa's most-populous country, where officials recorded low coronavirus numbers through much of last year, is in the grip of a second wave of infections. The presidency said the release of funds to address the provision of oxygen was announced at a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) advisory body. "President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 6.45 billion naira for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide in a bid to enhance the treatment of Covid-19 patients who need oxygen," said a statement issued by the vice president's office. The release of funds for the production of oxygen was "necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in the country", the statement said.
Hank Aaron, baseball legend and former home run king, dies at 86
       
Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, the Baseball Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record and lived a life as an ambassador to the game, has died. Source: CNN
Hank Aaron, MLB Hall of Famer and Braves Legend, Dies at Age 86
       
Mike Groll/Associated PressLegendary Baseball Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron died Friday at the age of 86. Aside from the home runs, Aaron also posted a career batting average of .305, drove in an MLB-record 2,297 runs, scored 2,174 runs and recorded 3,771 hits. In addition to ranking first all-time in RBI and second all-time in home runs, Aaron is third on the all-time list in hits and fourth in runs scored. Aaron spent the final two seasons of his career with the Brewers and retired following the 1976 campaign. While Aaron is best known for his on-field excellence, he spent many years in the Braves' front office after retiring.
CDC still working on goal to double coronavirus sequences to expand hunt for mutations
       
(CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not meet a goal to quickly ramp up surveillance for possibly dangerous coronavirus mutations, according to numbers from the federal agency. While most mutations are harmless, some might be able to spread more quickly, be more deadly, or prove resistant to coronavirus vaccines. Ramping up sequencing in the USScientists search for coronavirus mutations by taking samples of the virus from patients' noses and analyzing their genetic sequences. In an email to CNN on January 10, Armstrong said "we were targeting to have commitments" for the additional sequences. CDC expects thousands more sequences per weekArmstrong noted that this additional sequencing "isn't coming online immediately."
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants
       
SEE NEW POSTSPfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 12-15 has 2,259 participants Pfizer said Friday that its Covid-19 vaccine trial in children between ages 12 and 15 was fully enrolled with 2,259 participants. Last month, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for people ages 16 and above. There is no existing Covid-19 vaccine for children that has been authorized by the FDA. Now, we are confident that starting February 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place,” Whitmer said. Share this -Texas doctor accused of stealing vial of Covid-19 vaccine A Texas doctor was charged Thursday with stealing a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to prosecutors.
‘Some evidence’ British coronavirus variant causes more deaths
       
LONDON — Scientists have found “some evidence” that the British variant of coronavirus is associated with “a higher degree of mortality,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. However, all current evidence continues to show that the vaccines “remain effective” against this variant that was first identified in the fall, Johnson told a press conference Friday. The government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said that per 1,000 men in their sixties infected with the new variant, about 13 or 14 might be expected to die, compared with the 10 who would do so with the old variant. Vallance stressed the variants recently identified in Brazil and South Africa are more worrying because they might be less susceptible to vaccines. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda.
‘No way’: Murkowski rules out switching parties
       
She had previously stated that if the GOP remains the party of Trump, she doesn’t necessarily know how she fits in. Let's define: What is the Republican Party nowadays? But really, where are we, the Republican Party? It’s clear Murkowski has major reservations about the GOP’s direction with Trump expected to captivate a significant portion of the Republican Party for years to come. She said she didn’t vote for Trump because she wanted “to vote affirmatively for somebody.
Ohio Legislator Who Questioned Black Hygiene To Lead Health Panel
       
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting the coronavirus because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism from Black lawmakers after his appointment to lead the state Senate Health Committee. “Could it just be that African Americans – or the colored population — do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or do not socially distance themselves?” state Sen. Stephen Huffman asked a Black health expert in June 11 testimony. “Senator Huffman is a medical doctor and highly qualified to chair the Health Committee,” spokesperson John Fortney said Friday in a written statement. AP Photo/Al Behrman, File Ohio state Senator Stephen Huffman, a Republican lawmaker and doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting the coronavirus because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism from Black lawmakers after his appointment to lead the state Senate Health Committee.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump conviction could hinge on due process concerns
       
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump conviction could hinge on due process concerns Presented byIt’s quickly becoming apparent that Senate Republicans — even those who have said Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses — have concerns about how this is all going down. That essentially gives the two leaders the weekend and Monday to haggle out a deal on the process. More from Marianne Levine and Sarah FerrisFRESH TAKE: VERDICT MAY HINGE ON DUE PROCESS CONCERNS — It’s quickly becoming apparent that Senate Republicans — even those who have said DONALD TRUMP committed impeachable offenses — have concerns about how this is all going down. Last time around, Democrats were adamant that the trial include witnesses, turning the entire process into a fight over what a “fair trial” looks like. BIPARTISANSHIP OR BUST, via Laura Barrón-López: The success of President JOE BIDEN’S legislative agenda could well be determined by whether Senate Democrats do away with the filibuster.
‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid
       
POLITICO obtained photos of Guard members packed together and sleeping on the ground in the garages. “I think we’ve got to figure out what went wrong because I think there’s going to be a National Guard presence on campus for the foreseeable future,” Murphy added. On arrival in Washington, D.C., several units were only given temperature checks and asked about any possible Covid-19 exposure, two Guard members told POLITICO. One Washington, D.C., Guard member said he and others were forced to get their own Covid-19 test. | POLITICO“We did not get Covid tests on arrival,” said another Guard member.
German scientists make paralyzed mice walk again
       
German researchers have enabled mice paralyzed after spinal cord injuries to walk again, re-establishing a neural link hitherto considered irreparable in mammals by using a designer protein injected into the brain. But the researchers from Ruhr University Bochum managed to stimulate the paralyzed mice’s nerve cells to regenerate using a designer protein. “In this way, with a relatively small intervention, we stimulate a very large number of nerves to regenerate and that is ultimately the reason why the mice can walk again.”The paralyzed rodents that received the treatment started walking after two to three weeks, he said. The treatment involves injecting carriers of genetic information into the brain to produce the protein, called hyper-interleukin-6, according to the university’s website. “Then, if it works there, we would have to make sure that the therapy is safe for humans too.
Biden inherited one of the worst hacks in history. How will his administration respond?
       
Democrats spent the four years of the Trump administration talking tough on Russia, and now with President Joe Biden in the White House, they face an immediate challenge: addressing one of the worst hacking campaigns in U.S. history. Democrats who watched Donald Trump as president consistently defer to Russian President Vladimir Putin are eager to take a stronger stance. “CISA’s not resourced to do remediation and reconstitution of federal networks,” he said. The Biden administration also faces a difficult question in what to do about the hack. In the Biden administration’s first two news conferences, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stressed that dealing with the SolarWinds hack was a priority, but that it’s still early in the administration.
Grieving in the age of coronavirus
       
Rabbi Steve Leder discusses this week's memorial for Americans who have passed from the coronavirus and grief in the age of Covid.
1,900 Covid vaccine doses ruined by loose freezer plug at Massachusetts VA hospital
       
A Massachusetts Veterans Affairs hospital said that nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine were spoiled after a cleaning contractor accidentally unplugged a refrigerator. The 1,900 doses were located at a VA facility in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, where on Tuesday VA officials realized that the doses had not been stored at proper temperatures, NBC News Boston reported. The VA also said that replenishments were on the way and that they did not expect that the loss of nearly 2,000 doses of vaccine would impact their vaccination efforts. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston VA did not immediately respond to a NBC News request for comment. While nearly 2,000 Moderna doses were ruined in Tuesday's VA incident by warm temperatures, nearly 12,000 were spoiled earlier this month because temperatures were too cold during transit.
Lawsuit: Rapper Soulja Boy beat, sexually assaulted assistant
       
A woman who worked as a personal assistant for rapper Soulja Boy alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the artist sexually abused her, beat her and held her hostage. The woman said she began working for Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, in California at the end of 2018. The pair did end up in a consensual relationship, but by January of 2019, Way began physically abusing the woman, the suit said. And in February, Way sexually assaulted the woman for the first time, the suit said, adding that he "expressed remorse" after and gave her $1,000. Soulja Boy rose to fame in 2007 when his debut single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" hit No.
Advocates Strongly Praise Biden Administration’s Action on Food Aid: "Bold, Common Sense Move to Address Nation’s Hunger Crisis"
       
WASHINGTON - The U.S. is facing the most widespread hunger crisis in modern times, with 1 in 7 households in America—and more than 1 in 5 Black and Latino households—now reporting that they do not have enough to eat. In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide direct service and advocacy organization, said:“This is a bold, common-sense move to address the nation’s joint hunger and public health crises. These actions represent the most significant administrative actions by the federal government to fight domestic hunger in modern times. We know that people who are malnourished have compromised immune systems and are thus more likely to contract and transmit Covid-19. We are ecstatic that the Biden/Harris Administration has so rapidly and so fully embraced recommendations from Hunger Free America and other organizations.
Campaigners Condemn Decision to Make South Africa Pay More Than Double European Price for Astra Zeneca Vaccine, as Cases Soar
       
WASHINGTON - Campaigners have said it is “deeply alarming” that South Africa is reportedly being charged nearly 2.5 times the price paid by most European countries for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, claiming such inequality is now a core obstacle to controlling coronavirus. [1]South Africa’s government is struggling to buy vaccines as cases soar in the country. Most vaccines have been pre-purchased by rich countries, with the international distribution mechanism, COVAX, desperate for funds to buy vaccines. Like many African countries, cases are soaring in South Africa, yet many countries will find a European-style lockdown impossible. “We are calling on Astra Zeneca to explain how this pricing has happened, given their promise to cap charges.
As Hawley Once Again Puts National Security At Risk, Senate Must Reject His Antics and Quickly Confirm Mayorkas
       
WASHINGTON - After helping to incite a deadly attack against the Capitol, Senator Josh Hawley is now blocking the nomination of the person responsible for stopping violent insurrection attempts and other national security threats—the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. While it’s unsurprising that Hawley is once again putting the demands of his extreme base over national security, the Accountable Senate War Room is calling on the rest of the Senate to reject Hawley’s sideshow, and come together to confirm this critical nominee as quickly as possible. Josh Hawley’s Obstructionism Is Putting National Security At RiskSUMMARY: Josh Hawley led the charge in the Senate to overturn the Electoral College’s vote, helping to incite the violent insurrection at the capitol. Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) He is now blocking swift confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkasas Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security even though there is a “widely recognized need to move forward with getting a new national security team in place.”###
Protect People, Not Banks
       
We need someone to steer our financial system through this crisis and make sure it will work for everyone. “That’s why it's hard to imagine a worse pick than Michael Barr to be the nation's top bank regulator. On top of that, in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Barr helped lead the failed response to the crisis and bailed out banks instead of everyday people. If Biden truly wants to ‘Build Back Better’ he needs to lock the revolving door and ensure no one with ties to the financial industry is in charge of regulating it. She's an eminently qualified woman of color who wrote the book on how the financial industry harms working families.
After Four Brutal Years, Biden's Inaugural Was a Healing Affair
       
This was a warm and healing speech, so necessary after what the country has been through over the last four years. He acknowledged what needed to be acknowledged, and he affirmed what needed to be affirmed. And so he affirmed “truth,” a word he used five times. And then he affirmed we “will overcome this deadly virus.”He acknowledged the “climate crisis,” and affirmed that he would address it. By saluting democracy, truth, and racial justice, and by calling out white supremacy, he offered a much-needed course correction in substance as well as in style.
As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks
       
For the nation's biggest banks, however, the year closed out with reason for celebration, and they're looking to take advantage of the banner year with a feast of stock buybacks. Earnings were particularly sweet for banking behemoths including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. "Big banks' Wall Street business is booming," as the New York Times put it Friday. At a conference call earlier this month, Dimon referenced the nation's growing wealth divide. As head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Barr would have the power to regulate banks like JPMorgan Chase.
NIAC Applauds Biden for Plan to Review Impact of U.S. Sanctions on International COVID Response
       
“We appreciate that the Biden administration recognizes the pandemic is a global challenge, and that Iranian citizens are fighting the same deadly virus as Americans. “There are a number of steps that the Biden team should consider to help Iranians fight back against COVID-19. A new universal general license could make clear that humanitarian trade will not be sanctioned. The administration could free Iran’s frozen assets abroad for the purchase of humanitarian goods, and lift the U.S. hold on Iran’s IMF loan request. Most importantly, the U.S. should move to eliminate any sanctions that have inhibited Iran’s humanitarian trade, several of which were put in place explicitly to limit the Biden administration’s room for diplomatic maneuver."
'If This Is a Trial Balloon... Hopefully It Fails': Biden Warned Against Naming Corporate-Tied Michael Barr as Top Bank Cop
       
"Barr is deeply invested in the Wall Street and Silicon Valley corporations he would regulate, which should disqualify him from the outset." In a statement late Thursday, People's Action deputy director Bree Carlson argued that "it's hard to imagine a worse pick than Michael Barr." "Barr is deeply invested in the Wall Street and Silicon Valley corporations he would regulate, which should disqualify him from the outset," said Carlson. Our government needs leadership that fights for strong regulation against banks and financial institutions, not industry insiders who will just perpetuate the status quo." David Segal, executive director of advocacy group Demand Progress, warned that Barr's nomination would be "a major victory for Wall Street, and its child with Silicon Valley—the nascent FinTech industry."
Protecting Animals Isn’t Just the Right Thing—It’s Uniting Politics
       
Caring about animals has been a core characteristic of who we are as Americans. There are accounts of Abraham Lincoln placing baby birds back into their nests and scolding his peers for mistreating turtles. Non-partisan support for the protection of animals has been strong in recent years and animal welfare appears to be popular across the political spectrum. Leaders from across the aisle have long worked cooperatively to advance animal welfare. In 1958, Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, a milestone of post-World War II animal protection.
Re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement Is Just Step One to Address the Climate Emergency: Frontline Women Must Lead the Way
       
On Wednesday, the Biden-Harris Administration took its first important step forward in restoring the United States’ climate agenda by re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and rescinding the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. While the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) is surely enthusiastic about the renewed commitment to the Paris accord, we know that to truly address the global climate emergency, governments must place front and center a climate justice framework, and not only fulfill, but exceed the targets in the Paris Climate Agreement— as scientists have warned is necessary. Additionally, research has found that overall nationally determined contributions (NDCs), which are required by the Paris Climate Agreement, do little to respond to the unique challenges and experiences of women. We cannot achieve sustainability without women’s leadership, particularly centering the leadership of women of color and Indigenous women. As the United States re-enters the Paris Climate Agreement, there are many ways in which the Biden-Harris Administration can act in alignment with feminist and women-led climate movements.
Build Back Better For Whom? How Neoliberalism (Re)creates Disaster Risks ? Current Affairs
       
Since then Build Back Better has become a set of best practices for international frameworks for post-disaster recovery. Both international development and post-disaster reconstruction would develop in an intertwined relationship. These institutions were created in line with the ideology of international development, but this ideology was not static. Over the decades this globalized effort to move beyond the destruction of World War II transformed into a new formation of ideology, policies, and laws known as neoliberalism. Characterized as a way for people and societies to become “more resilient,” Build Back Better epitomizes the problematic ideology of resilience.
'Our worst nightmare': will militias heed Trump's call to watch the polls?
       
'We can't let them win': activists warn against Trump's voter intimidation tactics Read more“The militias will absolutely seize on [Trump’s comments],” said Steven Gardiner, who tracks militias at the progressive thinktank Political Research Associates. In Montana, a popular base for libertarians and militia members, there are similar signs of militia groups assiduously retweeting Trump’s falsehoods about mail-in voting fraud, circulating the lies widely among themselves. Putting a figure on the scale of the threat posed by extremist militia groups in the US is fraught given their secretive communications online. The summer saw the proliferation of incidents across the states of far-right militia groups confronting Black Lives Matter protesters. “When he talks about ‘poll watching’ and fraud, and refuses to urge his followers not to engage in civil unrest, that’s a thinly-veiled dog-whistle for armed groups to coalesce.”
January 22, 2021 – Consortiumnews
       
Even in victory the Democrats are rearing the ugly head of Russiagate to further vanquish the vanquished and protect their power, writes Joe Lauria. Read more ?
Russiagate Ain’t Over
       
Even in victory the Democrats are rearing the ugly head of Russiagate to further vanquish the vanquished and protect their power, writes Joe Lauria. And now Russiagate is poised to be used again against Russia, Trump and Trump voters. Russiagate is also too useful to discard because it is a tool for politicians to get out of sticky situations. Beyond that, Russiagate has been a convenient and successful strategy of deflection from one’s own responsibility for America’s social and political crises. Despite this, the Russiagate saga is still believed by millions of Americans, bolstered by Congressional studies that relied on intelligence briefings.
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, pleads for unity in inaugural address to a divided nation
       
With his hand on his thick family Bible and with his wife, Jill Biden, by his side, Biden recited the oath administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Four years after Trump delivered a dark and abrasive inaugural address pledging to end “American carnage,” Biden took office seeking to appeal to the country’s more hopeful sentiments and make a plea for unity. Spurning the traditional handoff, Trump left the White House early Wednesday, still having not spoken to Biden since their last pre-election debate. Biden entered the White House later Wednesday and told reporters that there was “no time to waste” before signing a stack of executive actions. Biden also must lead a diverse and anxious Democratic Party with differing opinions about the wisdom of his centrist approach.
Biden Inaugurated as the 46th President Amid a Cascade of Crises
       
We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril, and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain. And here we stand, just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people. I will be a president for all Americans — all Americans. Thank you, America.” “I wish the new administration great luck and great success.” “The chair will administer the oath of office.” “Mr.
Racial Equity in Banking Regulation
       
I just read this article on Politico about Sherrod Brown pushing back on Biden’s selection of Michael Barr to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency over the far more progressive Mehrsa Baradaran. I came to Daily Kos expecting to find an action alert to reach out to our Senators to push them in the right (i.e. left) direction, but found nothing. Seems like this is important position in regards to banking regulations and racial equity where the Daily Kos community could make a difference. How do we make that happen?
Ezra Klein: Democrats cannot merely defend the political system. They must rebuild it.
       
The Democrats’ margin in the House and Senate couldn’t be thinner, and midterms typically raze the governing party. Two years to prove that the American political system can work. To stop it, Democrats need to reimagine their role. They cannot merely defend the political system. “This is a fight not just for the future of the Democratic Party or good policy,” Senator Bernie Sanders told me.
IAN: It feels like the air is lighter.
       
I almost forgot to write this, almost forgot what day it was until my other half said something about grocery shopping tomorrow. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!
Trump Organization is in financial freefall as the Bigly One returns to the helm
       
Those losses were worst in the places where Trump could least afford it: His Washington hotel, which has a $170 million loan outstanding, saw revenue drop more than 60 percent. His Doral resort in Miami — also carrying a huge debt load — saw a 44 percent drop. [...]In the immediate wake of the attack on the Capitol, the Trump Organization lost two of its real estate brokers, its e-commerce vendor, its chance to host the 2022 PGA Championship golf tournament, and its hopes of hosting another golf tournament, the British Open. Also, New York City said it will end the Trump Organization’s contracts to run a carousel, two ice rinks and a golf course in city parks — contracts that brought the Trump Organization $18 million in 2019.www.washingtonpost.com/…
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
       
https://www.tastingtable.com/dine/national/best-dessert-places-chicagoMojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
red combo was not an accident. ‘The Hill We Climb’ is not the cliff we scale
       
history has its eyes on us. Gorman is set to release two books this year, “Change Sings,” a picture book, and her debut poetry collection, also titled “The Hill We Climb.”www.washingtonpost.com/... When day comes we ask ourselves,where can we find light in this never-ending shade? Now we assertHow could catastrophe possibly prevail over us? We will not march back to what wasbut move to what shall beA country that is bruised but whole,benevolent but bold,fierce and freeWe will not be turned aroundor interrupted by intimidationbecause we know our inaction and inertiawill be the inheritance of the next generationOur blunders become their burdensBut one thing is certain:If we merge mercy with might,and might with right,then love becomes our legacyand change our children’s birthrightSo let us leave behind a countrybetter than the one we were left withEvery breath from my bronze-pounded chest,we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous oneWe will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,we will rise from the windswept northeastwhere our forefathers first realized revolutionWe will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,we will rise from the sunbaked southWe will rebuild, reconcile and recoverand every known nook of our nation andevery corner called our country,our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,battered and beautifulWhen day comes we step out of the shade,aflame and unafraidThe new dawn blooms as we free itFor there is always light,if only we’re brave enough to see itIf only we’re brave enough to be it
Teach Mitch a Lesson about Filibuster
       
Time to teach Mitch a lesson. He’s threatening to use the filibuster to stop the Senate Organizing Resolution so the Democrats can become committee chairs unless the Dems agree not to dump the filibuster. The dems should vote right away to get rid of the filibuster for procedure organizing votes in the Senate. Just like the filibuster was removed for Cabinet confirmations and Supreme Court Justices. It would keep the filibuster on legislation for now.
Rainer Pitthan: Get Rid of Moscow Mitch's Filibuster now!
       
Yes, you can overstimulate the economy, as for example in the 2017 $2.3Trillion-Deficit-Trump-Tax cut, when nothing was missing in the Obama Economy. Then, in order to get those votes (Collins, Snowe) another $100 Billion were stripped from the bill, demanded by Collins in the name of “financial” prudence. Living in Maine at the time, I remember Senator Susan Collins proudly announcing this as a success of her firm stand. But it was OK as far as recoveries go, steady as she goes, solidly grounded, even Trump’s erratic incompetence was only able to whittle down the Obama Economy by 15% (see graph above). So the first order of business for the Democratic Majority must be now to remove the 60 Senator Filibuster possibility.
With Music from Jeff Buckley's Grace (1994)
       
We support our community, invite and share ideas, and encourage thoughtful, respectful dialogue in an open forum. I’ve come to think of this post as one where you come for the music and stay for the conversation—so feel free to drop a note. The diarist gets to sleep in if she so desires and can show up long after the post is published. The weekly post is specifically set up for serious writers and the craft of writing. So, on the whole, I’m going to say life is livable and the upcoming weekend a welcomed respite.
Josh Hawley’s Religious Supremacy Disguised As Religious Freedom
       
Perhaps nowhere is this slight of hand practiced more flagrantly than when it comes to religious freedom. What some conservatives mean when they invoke religious freedom is actually religious supremacy. True religious freedom means that every individual is guaranteed personal freedom of conscience. What the good Senator truly wants is not religious freedom for all, but the freedom to oppress others. Williams who lived 400 years ago better understood the real meaning of religious freedom than the present-day junior US Senator from Missouri.
Manchin, standing strong, supports keeping the right to eliminate the filibuster on the table
       
Senator Joe Manchin supports Majority Leader Schumer not giving up eliminating the filibuster now. It also suggests that he might be open to eliminating the filibuster on legislative issues if Minority Leader McConnell tries to filibuster important legislation that he supports including coronavirus relief. Everybody should ask themselves, “Why is it so all fired important to Minority Leader McConnell to eliminate the filibuster at the beginning of the session ? Minority Leader McConnell is preventing the Biden administration from getting control of the pandemic by this attempt at power grabbing. Still, many Kossacks are wondering why Majority Leader Schumer is negotiating with Minority Leader McConnell.
Kagro in the Morning is LIVE at 9 AM ET!
       
It hadn’t struck me until just now, as I was typing this, that one byproduct of having entered the Biden age might just be the return of the quiet weekend! With Trump now both an irrelevancy and banned from Twitter, we might just all get some much-needed rest on those things we once recognized as weekends. In the meantime, there’s still plenty to get ready for, including the continuing battle to organize the new 50-50 Senate. Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.
What are you reading? January 22, 2020
       
In WAYR?, I note what I’m reading and comment...you note what you are reading and comment. Occasionally, I may add a section or a link related to books…I am reading:The Jameses: A Family Narrative by R.W.B. Lewis -Finally managed to get through the occasionally interesting but somewhat dry section on William James of Albany...and now just beginning the chapter on Henry James, Sr...whom I have read about previously and he is very interesting in his own right, apart from his famous sons. I know that Harper’s is behind a paywall but they usually give you a free read. Interesting stuff, especially the one by film critic A.S. Hannah.
970 Million Dollar MEGA Millions Daily Kos Lotto Pool
       
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This week I went to Washington, DC.
       
Despite the slew of clear and dire warnings to stay away, I drove down to Washington, DC this week. They watch old friends pass away sick and alone, a confounding Covid death. I went to DC because my 89 year old mother couldn’t. This week I ignored conventional wisdom, strident warnings of well-meaning old friends, who still don’t get it. This week I went to Washington.
Cartoon: Boredom is a treat
       
x Vimeo VideoWell, we’re just several hours into Joe Biden’s presidency and so far the news alerts on my phone have been fairly quiet. Wednesday’s Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inauguration finally put an end to the Trump presidency that was threatening not to end. With the destruction wrought by Donald Trump and the dangerous, far right extremists he propagated and incited, Joe Biden’s “unity” is going to be a very tall order. At least we can revel in the immediate satisfaction of Trump policies being reversed and the pandemic being taken seriously. Enjoy the cartoon, and remember you can help support my work by visiting my Patreon pages — and get behind-the-scenes goodies to boot!
Far Right State Senator Shirkey Changes Story About Militia Leaders Meeting
       
Far right Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) has decided to change the story he’s been telling about what happened at a meeting with three militia groups after the Anti-Defamation League called the meeting disturbing and getting pushback in the media and on social media. But now Shirkey is saying:But he changed his tune Tuesday when Hawley asked him if his views had changed in relation to militias. Gretchen Whitmer and at least one militia member has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Because I defend their right to assemble; defend their right to protest. And why are you claiming that the Michigan State Police were part of the meeting when they have said they did not attend?
How Long Until Next Time?
       
If ever any part of the current Republican coalition leaves to form a third party without a plan for pulling in another coalition member, the Republican coalition is done for. But many in the Republican party want it excluded, pushing even for the exclusion of parts of the biblical text they don’t prefer. For the sake of discussion, I divided the Republican party into for parts. I should have divided the coalition into fifths, the last fifth including people who are just plain good people who don't want to desert the team they have so long believed in. So the question remains, as stated above, what's a good person, a good Republican to do?
QAnon: Biden's a hologram and other excuses from the crazy and creative lunatic fringe
       
Illustration from Twitter shows how some members of QAnon are trying to deal with Joe Biden becoming president. pic.twitter.com/HJdBrOexO2 — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 20, 2021 This is from The New York Times: QAnon believers struggle with inauguration (Jan 20). Approximately 4.4 percent (9.2 million) have paranoid personality disorder; 3.6 percent (7.6 million) have antisocial personality disorder; 3.1 percent (6.5 million) have schizoid personality disorder; 2.4 percent (4.9 million) have avoidant personality disorder; 1.8 percent (3.8 million) have histrionic personality disorder; and 0.5 percent (1.0 million) have dependent personality disorder. According to this article the answer, in a word, is yes:Conservatives’ propensity toward conspiracy thinking can be explained by a distrust in officials and paranoid thinking. Van der Linden and colleagues found little evidence to suggest that conspiracy thinking was equally prevalent among liberals and conservatives.
Let's talk about Biden's "Low Bar"
       
“It’s a Democrat, lads, we can ask the hard questions again!” they’ll say as they don’t ask genuinely hard questions, just gotcha ones. But this is not a low bar. This is a “you have to be fucking kidding me” bar. I can’t even see the bar from where I’m standing. “Trump set a low bar” is a lie someone is spreading in order to set up the Biden administration for a shellacking.
World Getting Back To Normal, By Finding Unity In Dunking On Ted Cruz, Nature Is Healing
       
), going after Biden’s Keystone XL decision with the old lost-jobs myth, which Emily Atkin capably debunks . Truly, if there’s anything that can bring together this weary and frayed country, nay, world, it’s dunking on Ted Cruz. Seemingly immune to shame, dignity or self-respect, Senator Cruz continues to fundraise off of the Pittsburgh/Paris angle. But there are always going to be people who say dumb things about climate change, and agreements like the one struck in Paris. We’ll always have Ted Cruz.
In Defense of Civility
       
This was a welcome, although belated, defense of civility. Donald Trump's political rise was facilitated by his use of Twitter. Donald Trump loved Twitter. The lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" was facilitated by Trump's tweets. On January 6th, the insurrectionists that stormed the US Capitol were egged on by Trump's tweets.
Q-Anon has infiltrated the military and Police, firefighters, government and more... PSYOPS
       
“Captain Roy,” a QAnon promoter and author. Both call QAnon their "Digital Army" and "our movement..."Michael Flynn has been a QAnon promoter since 2016. Being bombarded by fear (say a domineering parent ) during your life means you are vulnerable as a mark. In other words, people who believe in Q Anon have allowed their brains to be hijacked… and PSYOPs is not just used by the CIA and military. (I hope they keep us posted now that the goalposts are torn down)And Q uses it… big-time.
Can a gun owner (handgun) explain why they own a gun? No judgements, just always curious.
       
I have always had mixed opinions about gun ownership. Between those people who think all handguns should be outlawed and those who think all handguns should be ruled by only minimal laws, I find myself in the middle. As it is in the constitution I feel private gun ownership should be allowable BUT under strict regulation. I am just curious why a person makes the decision to own a gun? I would assume there are many reasons people make the decision to own….fear for personal safety...interest in guns as collectables, etc.
Evergreen Aviation: Helicopters (photo diary)
       
This helicopter has a cruising speed of 75 mph, a top speed of 103 mph, and a range of 275 miles. It has a cruising speed of 84 mph, a top speed of 105 mph, and a range of 273 miles. It has a cruising speed of 125 mph, a top speed of 135 mph, and a range of 315 miles. It has a cruising speed of 98 mph, a top speed of 127 mph, and a range of 265 miles. More aircraft photo toursYanks Air Museum: Helicopters (Photo Diary)Evergreen Aviation: Hiller Helicopters (photo diary)Evergreen Aviation: Some Unusual Helicopters (Photo diary)WAAAM: Piper Airplanes (Photo DiaryWAAAM: Gliders (Photo Diary)Museums 101: Beyond Aircraft in the Museum of Mountain Flying (Photo Diary)Yanks Air Museum: Biplanes (Photo Diary)Planes of Fame: Air Racers (Photo Diary)
Democrats: Time for an Education Policy Divorce
       
It is time for Democrats to file for a divorce from a four-decade bipartisan education policy marriage. Abandon these abusive ideas and practices:Like in business, competition will drive improvement in education. Get a divorce from using state standardized test results as a tool to threaten, punish, and shame students and educators into submission. Initiate and finalize the education policy divorce. He retired recently as Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology.
The Daily Bucket: I Hate Meeces to Pieces
       
Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)This is a Bucket about mice, specifically about deer mice. In the garage, are strategically placed snap-traps along the walls where deer mice like to run. THE DAILY BUCKET IS A NATURE REFUGE. “I hate meeces to pieces!”Thanks for reading the Daily Bucket. To have the Daily Bucket in your Activity Stream, visit Backyard Science’s profile page and click on Follow, and join to write a Bucket of your own observations.
Are You Relaxed Yet?
       
We should all be a little relaxed, shouldn’t we? Trumps gone so why aren’t we more relaxed? Chuck Schumer. Chuck loves a camera but he’s not much of a fighter, unless Nancy Pelosi is standing next to him stiffening his spine. We have about a week to see if Senator Schumer can be more than Senator Schmoozer.
Friday: Inaugural Styles.
       
xThe 5 minute moment of Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem at the #Inauguration looks like a full movie from every angle. From the moment she stepped out to when she took her seat, it was all monumental pic.twitter.com/rTPaiuuBY7
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, Blue Moon Spirits Friday
       
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; Blue Moon Spirits Fridays! After the break, we move to the Chef’s Table where Albania expelled a Russian diplomat for not respecting the country’s virus lockdown rules; and, Google threatened to pull its search engine out of Australia over news content fees. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam. The Netroots Radio Live Player
NY-Sen: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), "House will send impeachment article to Senate on Monday"
       
The Constitution says the trial begins the afternoon after the articles are delivered to the Senate. "I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi who informed me that the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday," Schumer said on the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the House's article of impeachment will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of the Senate's impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. After that, the Senate would give the president's defense team and House prosecutors two weeks to file briefs. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is reviewing the plan and will discuss it with McConnell, a spokesperson said.
Beto O'Rourke's 2021 Texas Voter Registration Initiative Is Essential To Saving Our Democracy
       
Says he’s cares about the welfare of Americans, when he incited an insurrection that would have overthrown America’s government? And yet, at the moment we need a robust response from a government “of the people”, our democracy is on the ropes. And it’s more than a century of voter suppression that has targeted communities of color in an effort to restrict the franchise and consolidate power. We work to register voters and to ensure those voters know their rights and vote free of intimidation or suppression. Because until the voter suppression tactics enacted throughout Texas and the country are removed, we will not have a true democracy.
Biden is right about unity
       
In particular, many liberals and progressives equate calls for “unity” with a craven surrender to the Deplorables. First off, understand that Biden’s calls for unity are going to be ignored and trampled on by the unrepentant Trumpists. But he is not really talking to them; he is talking to the people who really believe that national unity is a good thing even if we don’t agree on all things. [Democrats as a whole have no interest in outlawing Christianity; they merely defend the right of non-Christians not to have religious beliefs forced on them. But to call in plain language for national unity, and to do some concrete symbolic things to lead the way, will help to isolate those people who actually hate the very idea of national unity.
Odd Feelings
       
For the past few days I’ve been experiencing strange feelings of anxiety. I’ve labeled it as a form of PTSD, Post-Trump Stress Disorder. I can’t shake the fear that I will wake up and find that the Biden election and presidency was just a dream and that Trump is still in office, and that all is still hopeless.
[JUST FOR FUN] Majority Leader Schumer thinks Donald John Trump incited more than an insurrection?
       
This has happened to me and likely to many of us. It is just funny slip of the tongue that is good for a nice laugh on the leader but with the leader in these difficult times. Schumer’s slip of the tongueSee more videos here. Hey, Leader Schumer, you should have made it a bit funnier by saying, “Wow, Trump is really implanting himself deep into our psyche.” :) :)My books, "It's Worth It: How to Talk To Your Right-Wing Relatives, Friends, and Neighbors" & “As I See It: Class Warfare: The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom” support (1) communication techniques & (2) Progressive message delivery. Please join our YouTube channel to get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
Meh...it's "fake" and they're all "paid actors".....
       
I was recently confronted by the apparent surreal psychosis of actual real-life humans that believe that "meh....paid actors" stormed the United States Capitol a few weeks ago. The million+ victims of COVID-19, their families/friends, and the numerous public safety, military, and healthcare professionals intertwined with the pandemic here and abroad = 100% fake. Go do your own forensic analyses of the bodies and interrogate the families of the victims yourselves! Funny how they never take me up on that advice.... And next is my ultimate favorite: international aircraft disappearances! But, I digress....For being "paid actors," the characters that stormed the Capitol are certainly being charged with real crimes, in real courtrooms, with real judges issuing real rulings/determinations based on, what's the document called....oh yes, the Constitution of the United States of America.
Woke David Brooks? If GOP obstructs, "Democrats should absolutely kill the filibuster."
       
David Brooks: The Case for Biden OptimismDo not underestimate how many congressional Republicans would like to send checks to their people. If this doesn’t work and Republicans go into full obstruction mode, Democrats should absolutely kill the filibuster. If you’ve followed me over the years, you know I’m no Brooks fan. E.g., from October 2016: The Unbearable Lack of Self-Awareness of David Brooks (Or, Their Barbarians are now at their Gates). I’m still not a Brooks fan by any means, but since (unfortunately) he is the leading barometer of Conventional Wisdom, this is an important event.
To Believe They Were Not Duped Is To Absolve The Propagandists
       
Through several months now a writer here has been trying to convince you that all 74 million Trump voters are guilty. He has tried to persuade you that they all made individual choices, bear individual responsibility, and all are malicious persons as none were duped. If all freely chose Trump and all had reasonable information available as this author claims, then right wing radio, OANN, RT, Fox, and all the propagandists have no guilt. On the flip-side, if they did have effect, then at least some must have been duped. In order to buy the notion that none of the 74 million were duped, you must absolve the propagandists.
Trump Cons Attorney For Impeachment Trail, And Pelosi To Send A of I To Senate on MONDAY.
       
Trump has conned another witless attorney to represent him for his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, and Speaker Pelosi is going to send the article of impeachment (A of I as I call it) to the Senate this Monday. I’m just speculating here, but I think Moscow Mitch has really started to piss House and Senate Democrats off. However, Moscow Mitch has decided to be Moscow Mitch. In the past, Senate Democrats rolled over in the hopes of “bipartisanship” from bad faith actors like Moscow Mitch. By not bowing to Moscow Mitch’s demand on the Senate impeachment trial, I think Democrats are sending their own message to Mitch.
"Patriots," Arise!
       
Oh-so-apropos' caricature by FergusonMight the future present us with a brand new, tRumpian “Patriot Party”? Oh yes, please, please, please! Check it out: www.wsj.com/…Personally, I wouldn’t bet on it. And, of course, there is the great temptation of keeping his coarse, ugly, multiple-jowled, rotten pumpkin looking mug at least minimally in the news. Realistically, at the end of the day, I can’t see it actually coming to fruition but, hey, we can dream.
More evidence emerges that it wasn’t an “intelligence failure”
       
Much had obviously been done to allow the mob every opportunity to overcome security at the Capitol. The claim that what transpired was an “intelligence failure” is weak sauce. The actions of a shitty few bad cops to aid the mob could not have been counted on by plotters. Cohen-Watnick had previously worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of Naval Intelligence. At the beginning of Our National Nightmare, he was put on the National Security Council and was Michael Flynn’s protogé.
How Hard it Was for Amanda Gorman to Nail That Poem So Brilliantly
       
Annie Dillard's notes on a poem I wrote for her classGreat art is, first and foremost, art. What you may not know is exactly how hard that was — not how hard it was to recite powerfully in front of 40 million people — but to write an inherently political poem and make it work as art. She knocked it out of the park!”I know how hard this is to do. I could write bad political poetry, but I could not write a good political poem. For more reasons that I list here, I recognize and acknowledge just how hard that was to do.
Kos Diabetes Group: Resistant Starch
       
One study found that women who ate pancakes made with a resistant starch plus protein burned more fat after the meal than women who ate pancakes without resistant starch. In animal studies, resistant starch has also been shown to increase the absorption of mineralsSources of resistant starchOats are one of the most convenient ways to add resistant starch to your diet. Serving beans and legumes hot maximizes their resistant starch content, although they still contain resistant starch while cold. Like potato starch, hi-maize resistant starch is a very condensed form of resistant starch. Bottom LineWhile there’s no formal recommendation for the intake of resistant starch, eating about 15–30g of resistant starch each day may help protect the body against inflammation in the digestive system.
Biden decisively rolls back effort to turn Voice of America into Voice of Trump
       
She has named fellow longtime VOA journalist Yolanda Lopez as acting director of VOA. These changes highlight the corruption of what Trump was trying to do. Biden hasn’t brought in new people or made big changes—he’s just elevated career journalists who built their careers at VOA itself. But Team Trump’s efforts to turn USAGM and VOA into Trump mouthpieces put those people’s careers, often decades-long careers, at risk because they didn’t meet the loyalty test. The permanent head of USAGM will require Senate confirmation.
Earth Matters: Solar for all; 2nd round of Biden climate orders coming; GOP bashes KXL rejection
       
The staffers are:National climate adviser Gina McCarthy , formerly Obama’s EPA chief. Senior director for climate and energy Melanie Nakagawa , who was director of climate strategy at Princeville Capital, a global equity fund investing in tech firms focused on climate change. Senior adviser for climate policy and finance Jahi Wise , who was policy director at the Coalition for Green Capital, which creates "green banks" that fund clean energy projects. Deputy national climate adviser Ali Zaidi until recently was deputy secretary to New York Gov. Special assistant to the president for climate policy David Hayes, was previously deputy interior secretary under the Obama and Clinton administrations.
Biden's immigration overhaul includes immediate path to legalization for nation's farmworkers
       
According to a joint statement from UFW and UFW Foundation, farmworkers would be eligible for immediate legalization under the U.S. At least half of all farmworkers lack legal status, according to Farmworker Justice. My parents are farm workers. President Biden’s immigration bill is the outcome of many decades of farm workers organizing and fighting for their rights. One consequence is the genuine relief the Biden plan will offer agricultural workers who for years have lived in constant terror.”
RIP, Hammerin' Hank
       
Hammerin' Hank, Atlanta Brave baseball heroA baseball legend has died. The pride of the Atlanta Braves for many years, Hank Aaron died this morning. He was 86 years old, and thrilled many a baseball fan with the crack of his bat. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution. May he rest in peace, and condolences to his family.
State Department reportedly set to process thousands of Afghans stranded after aiding U.S. military
       
That’s only gotten worse recently due to novel coronavirus pandemic-related closures. “help me please go get out of this place. help me please.”But even with this first step, “refugee advocates believe the backlog created by the 2020 slowdown will be felt for years to come unless the Biden administration makes dramatic changes,” the Post’s latest report said. While Biden has pledged to raise refugee admissions to the U.S. from the historic lows set by the previous administration, agencies that help resettle families in the U.S. say immense repairs to the system are needed. Still, the U.N. has praised the “positive steps” taken by Biden after having previously criticized U.S. policies under the previous administration.
Healing America ... or is it healing the GOP?
       
What Sen. Graham is seeking is for The Democrats and President Biden to heal the Republican Party. It’s not the job or duty of the Democrats to fix or heal the Republican Party. After all had Mr. Trump prevailed at any level of his coup and retained his office, would the Republicans worked to heal America? Driven to its current frenzy by the propaganda branch of the Republican party and feed by every anti democracy blog, web site and news outlet. After the recent climax of craziness unleashed during the coup attempt, exposed the divisions infecting the Republican Party.
Michigan official flashes rifle, defends Proud Boys as ‘decent guys’
       
The impression Clous seems to have wanted to make is that he’s a hunter of deer trophies, I guess. Of course, he added this sentiment: “The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us. They were decent guys and they treated us with respect.”You know who is super respectful? He was just holding it.” Hentschel told Up North Live that Ron Clous isn’t a “threatening” man if you know him. Hentschel also had this to say about the character of the Proud Boys: “I can’t speak for the commission I can only speak for myself.
Would A Trump Political Party Actually Help Democrats?
       
Catch this week’s edition of Thursday Kos on Make It Plain right here! (Sorry no video this week.) As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are now leading the country, what becomes of the Trump sycophants in Congress? Will they convict Trump in an impeachment trail. and prevent him from forming his own political party?
RAIDERS OF THE LOST SENATE
       
I saw a photo of Mitch lit from underneath and I thought, gee what movie does this remind me of? Dear Chuck Schumer:Don't listen to him when he says, "The Filibuster. If it is there, at the Senate, then it is something that man was not meant to disturb. It is a radio to God." From my INTRAVENOUS CAFFEINE site.
Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey...
       
Shocked, shocked. Do not forget the depth of Lindsey’s hypocrisy:“Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”The charge: Lying to a Grand Jury in a civil case about a sexual tryst. Now:“But now, in your first act as majority leader, rather than begin the national healing that the country so desperately yearns for, you seek vengeance and political retaliation instead,” Graham wrote in his letter. Lindsey: STFU.
Marjorie Taylor Greene shows us why the Republicans lost.
       
Marjorie Taylor Greene, AKA, the QAnon lady, is at it again with articles of impeachment against President Biden. But as psychotic as Greene is, she probably is right that Donald Trump snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I don’t think Greene has made these arguments, but only because she’s not bright or knowledgeable enough to know. Even during the recent coup attempt, Trump refused to admit that he had lost. Her attempt at impeachment based on wild speculation is a testament to the hostility to reality that cost the Republicans dearly.
Good News Roundup for Friday, January 22, 2021: Fragility & Resilience
       
They have also urged supporters to stop attending rallies and protests held for Mr. Trump or the Republican Party. The comments are a startling turn for the Proud Boys, which for years had backed Mr. Trump and promoted political violence. And Mr. Trump, cut off on Facebook and Twitter, has been unable to talk directly to them to soothe their concerns or issue new rallying cries. https://t.co/k3wnHyTvIZ — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2021? Let’s Honor Truth ??This week’s medal goes to … President Biden! Dáte (@svdate) January 22, 2021? Let’s Celebrate Love ?? ?Again, I am awarding the love celebration to … President Biden!
Because Of Trump Administration Incompetence Some Trump Pardon Recipients Could Still End Up In Jail
       
Just SecurityThe pardon for Paul Manafort (on Dec. 23, 2020), is illustrative. By its own terms, the pardon covers only the crimes “for his conviction” on specific charges and not any other crimes (charged or uncharged). Specifically, the pardon is solely for the crimes of conviction — eight in the Eastern District of Virginia and two in the District of Columbia. That leaves numerous crimes as to which Manafort can still be prosecuted, as in Virginia there were 10 hung counts. Such an examination is particularly appropriate given that there is reason to believe that the Department of Justice never had an opportunity to weigh in on these pardons before Trump issued them.
RIP Hank Aaron
       
Fresh news, not much to say than he was a bigger man than he was a ballplayer. And as a ballplayer, take out is 755 home runs and Hank still had over 3000 other hits. www.wsbtv.com/...
Fauci Unplugged
       
There was Dr. Fauci in a press conference with no overseers near him; no president glaring at him. And plastered on his face was the biggest grin I’ve seen on him in years. Fauci said he didn’t know [when asked if Trump would have welcomed Amazon’s offer to distribute the coronavirus vaccine]. “One of the new things in this administration is if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess,” he said with a chuckle. “Just say you don’t know the answer.”This week was one of celebrating an early Spring cleaning.
a lady walked into the waiting room carrying this purse
       
my photograph of the lady's Michelle Obama purse taken with her permissionI was sitting rather bored in a waiting room yesterday in Connecticut. Once she moved away from the counter, I told her how much I liked her purse and we both laughed. After a bit I came back out into the waiting room to leave. I wish the lady with the purse a long healthy happy life and a big thank you for brightening my day. Update: It’s been requested that I provide the link here for the purse and wallet the lady was carrying.
Mitch Is Forcing Dems’ Hand On Filibuster
       
Mitch McConnell sees the handwriting on the wall regarding the filibuster and so he is using the filibuster leverage he has now to prevent its repeal. The more likely scenario is that Republicans filibuster those bills and then Democrats eliminate the filibuster, either in toto or for certain types of legislation like immigration and/of electoral reform. Forcing the Democrats to repeal the filibuster now would allow Republicans to portray it as a simple power grab. And his threat only highlights the necessity of filibuster reform. It is a perfect illustration of why filibuster reform is necessary in the first place”.
Time...This issue is on point and all about Trump..Not what he wanted I suspect
       
adage.com/…time.com/...Time magazine today released the cover of its Feb. 1-8 double issue showing President Joe Biden in an Oval Office that has been thoroughly trashed by its previous occupant. President Biden is in the background, seemingly deep in thought as he stares out a window at the dawning day. The coverline reads “Day One.”The illustration reminds me of the sadness felt with the two Kennedy Brothers that went into the history books. This illustration sums up the mess we are facing because of a madman and IMO is enough to convict him in the senate. Had the senate convicted the last time around, maybe the mess would not be this big or horrid.
National Guard troops forced into parking garage are back inside, but no one is happy about incident
       
Just over an hour after the story of the displaced troops was reported, Sen. Tammy Duckworth was as outraged as any of those at the parking garage. https://t.co/GlSSx9nqXo — Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 22, 2021According to The Washington Post, moving the troops out was the decision of the Capitol police. However, each of the Guard members is pulling long shifts at the Capitol, and it’s not as if there are 5,000 chairs in either the hallways or the parking garage. Sen. Duckworth was just one of several members of the House and Senate who offered up their offices when they heard about the repositioning of the troops. The scenes of troops forced to rest on cold concrete and, in at least one location, sharing an overflowing portable toilet, were short lived.
Morning Digest: New York mayoral candidate's mammoth fundraising lifts the fortunes of his opponents
       
So far, the city Campaign Finance Board has verified that two mayoral contenders, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, have met the requirements, though former mayoral counsel Maya Wiley's campaign said last week that she'd also raised enough to qualify. Other candidates could also meet the requirements needed for public money, though they've all fallen short so far. Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley, financial planner John Berry, businessman Craig Carter, and attorney David Spiller are the Republican candidates, while retired postal worker Charles Gregory is the lone Democrat in contention. Justin Fairfax, who is giving up this post to run for governor, and Democratic candidates ended 2020 with a big financial edge over their Republican counterparts. We'll begin with the cash-on-hand numbers for the June Democratic primary contenders:Del.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Welcome to a blessed dose of the routine, the boring, the humdrum
       
Andrew Romano/Yahoo:Biden's inaugural message to America: 'It's time to grow up'It was a call, above all else, for maturity. After securing the Democratic presidential nomination, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama called to offer Biden a spot on the ticket. “Can anyone even name Lincoln’s vice president?” he asked his aides. In his six terms as a senator, he’d never had to answer to anyone except the voters of Delaware. To borrow a phrase attributed to Nelson Rockefeller, he never wanted to be vice president of anything.
Trump campaign used shell companies to provide funds and support for Jan. 6 pre-insurgency rally
       
For anyone tuning in that awful Wednesday morning, it was hard to differentiate the Stop the Steal rally from any of the other rallies that had marked Trump’s campaign from the beginning. Trump’s campaign paid out over $2.7 million to the list of individuals and firms that were officially on the hook for the Jan. 6 rally. That includes at least half a dozen people who had previously collected six-figure incomes from the Trump campaign. However, she was also director of operations for the Trump 2020 campaign, a role that netted her $290,000 in pay. Even that is just a fraction of the different organizations, shell companies, and PACs created to allow the Trump campaign to operate indirectly, and to funnel campaign funds to activities that aren’t allowed under FEC regulations.
Starting Monday, Republican senators will have to face the fact that Trump tried to get them killed
       
"If they‘re going to vote against it, they're going to vote against it knowing what actually happened," the aide told Sargent. "For the party to move forward, we got to move the party with Donald Trump." "There’s no way to be a successful Republican Party without having President Trump working with all of us and all of us working with him. There'a a whole cadre of Republicans senators who are actually threatening McConnell's leadership if he votes to convict Trump. They're not going to be able to hide from what Trump did, the House Democrats will make sure of that.
Metal detectors keep finding House Republicans with weapons. How long has that been going on?
       
“The moment you bring a gun onto the House floor in violation of rules, you put everyone around you in danger. It is irresponsible, it is reckless, but beyond that it is the violation of rules," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told CNN on Thursday. The question now appears to be: So, have Republican members of Congress routinely been armed on the House floor all along? Are the metal detectors uncovering a longstanding defiance of the rules of Congress on the part of Republicans? Once again, Republicans are showing that they don’t think the rules apply to them.
Maternal mortality is worse in Washington, D.C. than Syria. Abortion access is one reason why.
       
However, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. continues to be higher than most other high-income countries — and, as social scientists, we need to understand why in order to change. What, we asked, might then allow for such broad disparities in maternal mortality rates to develop across states? We found that both a state's enactment of gestational limits for abortion and the Planned Parenthood clinic closures in a state increased its maternal mortality rates. The bipartisan passage in 2018 of the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018 reflects some progress on reducing maternal mortality; however, to improve maternal health, we need politicians to move beyond short-term political decisions and consider the longer-term impact of policies on women’s health. The maternal mortality rate of black women in the nation's capital should not be nearly twice as high as for women in Syria.
The story of the phone call between desperate Capitol police and Army officials changes ... again
       
On Thursday evening, at least 5,000 National Guard forces were pushed out of the Senate office building and forced to reposition in a nearby parking garage that lacked heat and had absolutely minimal facilities. In a call to reporters on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, admitted that “he may have expressed concern” about deploying guard forces in the Capitol. Between the Capitol Police, Metro D.C. Police, D.C. National Guard, and National Guard units of neighboring states, there is certainly sufficient force to deal with any foreseeable emergency. This generates a confusing set of overlapping responsibilities and devolves the authority for calling out National Guard forces onto military officials in a way that doesn’t happen elsewhere. Bowser can summon the Douglass National Guard.
Senate confirms Lloyd Austin, the nation's first Black defense secretary
       
"Austin's many strengths and his intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense and our government are uniquely matched to the challenges and crises we face. Austin sought to allay those concerns as well in his hearing, and succeeded. "At last week's hearing on civilian control of the military, valid concerns were raised. But at his nomination hearing, Austin pledged to repair civilian military relations. These were critical comments from Austin, whom I support," Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said before Friday's vote.
Biden to increase emergency food aid and protections for unemployed people
       
Biden’s order would also increase Pandemic EBT benefits by 15% for students who aren’t getting free or reduced-price school lunches while education is remote. That has been a priority of Republican-controlled states eager to “reopen” at any cost to the health of workers. Additionally, Biden is improving labor conditions for workers where the president can do so without Congress: federal workers and workers at federal contractors. He is “directing his administration to start the work” of giving those workers a $15 minimum wage and emergency paid leave, and is restoring collective bargaining rights for federal employees. But the nutrition parts—people have been going hungry and Trump could just have told the USDA to tell states they could increase benefits to 12 million of the neediest people?
Act Out! [128] - Not Dreaming of DACA + When the Left Fights Together, We Win
       
[128] - Not Dreaming of DACA + When the Left Fights Together, We WinThis week on Act Out! the Left is pretty good at in-fighting—but we are also unstoppable when we put aside drama and fluff and engage in real solidarity and direct action. From a deeply red state, we bring you a story of leftist organizing success. Next up, DACA is on the chop block – So what are we looking to defend when we say Defend DACA? Community Organizer and DACA recipient Ella Mendoza joins us to critically address immigration policy in this country.
‘It’s primarily racial’: Study finds DC has the most intense gentrification in the country
       
A study released by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in March revealed that D.C. has the most intense gentrification in the country. (WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf) WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf Sisters Stacie Banks and Kristi Lee began purchasing Lee’s Flower and Card from their father in 2012. (WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf) WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf Both Banks and Lee have daughters that work in the shop. (WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf) WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf Lee’s Flower and Card Shop is located on the corner of U and 11th streets Northwest. (WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf) WTOP/Hallie Mellendorf The sign for the U Street Metro station is seen here in August 2017.
How Biden helped create the student debt problem he now promises to fix
       
More than 1 million people default on their student loans every year. Until 2005, private student loans were eligible for bankruptcy protections just like other forms of private credit. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Students pull a mock “ball & chain” representing outstanding student debt at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Today, the total of outstanding private student loans stands at $123bn. Private student loans by contrast have no such cushion.
The case for cancelling student debt isn't political — it's practical. Here are the benefits of erasing $1.6 trillion, no strings attached.
       
Student loan debt makes up the second biggest share of household debt, according to the Brookings Institution. About 45 million Americans hold student loan debt with a total national outstanding amount of nearly $1.7 trillion. The US Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid has outstanding debt figures for federal debt borrowers, those who took out Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loans, and Perkins Loans. For example, he added, students who owe over $100,000 make up just 7% of student loan borrowers but own 37% of all student debt out there. Beamer said: "Progress on mitigating wealth inequality is one of the biggest effects of student debt forgiveness."
Trump lashes out as Obama-era photos of immigrant children in steel cages linked to current administration
       
Donald Trump has lashed out after old photos of immigrant children in steel cages that were taken while Barack Obama was in the White House were linked to the current administration. The US president launched a scathing attack on journalists and Democrat voters who shared the old photos on Twitter in order to highlight the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants. “Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages,” Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Fellow journalist Shaun King and CNN reporter Hadas Gold also tweeted in disgust at the old Obama-era photos. The outrage over the old images were partly spurred by the unrelated revelation Homeland Security “lost track of” almost 1,500 illegal-immigrant minors after they were released.
Warning: Landlords Are Exploiting Loopholes in the Eviction Moratorium
       
Landlords across the country can begin the eviction process early, despite an active federal moratorium, according to a Friday order from the CDC. There was a lot stated in the order, including rental assistance options and a list of reasons landlords can still evict people. The order clarifies that landlords are not required to tell renters about the protections they have either. They have no obligation to tell their tenants about the CDC’s declaration form that’s required to be protected under the moratorium. Experts citedRenee Williams The National Housing Law Project Renee Williams is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Housing Law Project.
House Dems formalize climate committee plans without Green New Deal language
       
House Democrats have formally proposed creating a new committee on climate change, without many of the main factors that progressives wanted in the panel’s structure. Democratic leaders unveiled the plans for the “Select Committee on the Climate Crisis” late Tuesday as part of a package of rules to govern House proceedings for the next two years. “There’s some fabulous proposals in the Green New Deal, and I’m excited about all that. “This will be a committee clearly in the spirit of the Green New Deal." The climate committee also will not prohibit from its rolls lawmakers who have accepted campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, another request from Green New Deal supporters.
Indigenous Women Call Upon Biden to Stop Pipelines and Uphold Indigenous Rights in the Wake of Escalating Climate Chaos and Covid-19 Crises
       
These executive actions will uphold Indigenous rights, align the Biden Administration with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and keep fossil fuels in the ground. Now,” said Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, Environmental Ambassador, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Senior Project Leader/Board Member. It is the matriarchal lines, Indigenous women, and Indigenous Nations who bring balance, dignity, honor, and a restoration of faith in democratic values through our millennia-old traditions of diplomacy, law, and governance here in Turtle Island. The silent normalized violence against Indigenous women for natural resources and corporate profit must end NOW! Stop DAPL, KXL, and Line 3 pipelines immediately,” said Pennie Opal Plant, Yaqui, undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee, Co-founder of Movement Rights, Signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas.
Democrats’ Green New Deal leaves lots of room for improvement
       
ADVERTISEMENTThe problem is the climate crisis has a deadline for action and political theater such as this won’t do. For another, the Green Party platform, including its Green New Deal, has been shaped over decades through a highly-participatory process. The Green Party Green New Deal is explicit about what changes need to be made and when. Finally, the Green Party plan mentions the elephant in the room, the United States military, which as an institution has the greatest consumption of oil in the world. In 2018 alone, 247 people were killed, and 14 weather and climate-related events cost $91 billion in the United States.
Biden signs executive actions on first day as president
       
© Evan Vucci / AP Biden InaugurationOn his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive actions, some of which reverse decisions made by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Other executive actions directly target and undo Mr. Trump's actions on the environment, immigration, the U.S. census, and regulatory changes. Incoming top Biden White House advisers outlined and described the executive actions on a press call Tuesday evening, and Biden aides also promised there would be more to come. Mr. Biden has appointed Jeff Zients, who has been overseeing Mr. Biden's COVID-19 team for the presidential transition. Incoming Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice explained President Biden wants every federal agency to review equity in their programs and actions.
ACTION ALERT: At NYT, Now You See Corporate Influence, Now You Don’t
       
As President-elect Joe Biden begins to assemble his team of cabinet members and close advisers, progressives and others who care about corporate influence in politics are sounding alarms. Reporter Kenneth P. Vogel has worked the “confluence of money, politics and influence” beat since 2017, and investigative reporter Eric Lipton won a Pulitzer in 2015 for his work at the Times on lobbying and corporate influence. Troubling entanglementsIt’s commendable that the Times has two reporters tasked with shedding light on corporate influence in US politics. Other times, corporate links are briefly mentioned as nothing more than a bullet point on a resumé. ACTION ALERTPlease urge the New York Times to incorporate information on officials’ corporate ties into daily reporting, rather than relegating it to special reports.
Joe Biden will be president, but there will be no Green New Deal
       
As polling almost unanimously (over)predicted, Joe Biden has amassed the electoral votes necessary to become the 46th president of the United States. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Joe Biden addresses climate change and the wildfires on the West Coast in Wilmington, Delaware on September 14. Biden can make climate progress without CongressBut there is an enormous amount that Biden can do with the presidency alone. © Jon Cherry/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated Amy McGrath to keep his seat and gains six more years in the Senate. No climate plan Democrats ever implement, no matter how bold, can possibly remain immune to swings in government for decades.
NYPD arrives in Washington, DC, to help with Inauguration Day security
       
Dozens of NYPD officers were dispatched to Washington, DC, to help provide security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden following the deadly siege at the US Capitol. A video posted to Twitter shows five buses of NYPD cops in DC on Monday. “This morning, 200 of your officers begin their journey down to the U.S. Capitol, to represent the NYPD and assist with security for Wednesday’s Presidential Inauguration,” the police department tweeted. District officials had requested 3,000 officers from around the country to provide security. More than 25,000 National Guard members were also stationed in the nation’s capital ahead of Inauguration Day.
A Force for Democracy? Representations of the US Government in American Coverage of Venezuela
       
As such, it represents a cornerstone of American ideology and of how the United States views itself and a central tenet of American political life. In the 2002 sample the newspapers identified the United States 109 times as a force for democracy and 28 times as the opposite. Lopez and Machado had been notable figures in the 2002 coup, when Lopez arrested the Minister of the Interior. The United States supported the attempt to remove Maduro from power and had been funding the student groups for many years. But critics say that he regularly seeks to provoke crises with the United States to distract from problems at home” (Neuman, 2014).
Military might of Putin's Russia - reality, lies and failures
       
Regardless, headlines in Russian media outlets are staggering - for example, "UK is scared of Russia's terrifying missile". So, Russian media wrote: "?? ??? ??????, ?????? ?????????????? ??????, ????? ? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ?? ????? ????? ??????? ?????????? ?? ???? ??????, ??? ? ????. The article in Russia manipulates the information to create the impression that Russia isn't doing worse that the USSR. I will cite only the information published by Russian media outlets regarding the testing and commissioning of the missile. Russia wants to be perceived as great and powerful, it wants everyone to be afraid of it, but in reality...
Brian Williams is ‘guided by the beauty of our weapons’ in Syria strikes
       
The Department of Defense released video of the U.S. military launching cruise missiles in Syria after President Trump ordered the strike on April 6. The song Williams quoted is “First We Take Manhattan,” one of Cohen’s best-known tracks. As he said of the song in 1988, the year of its release:ADThere’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired. Whether Williams was aware of that background or what he intended when he quoted Cohen is anyone’s guess. But he became a trending topic as coverage of Syria continued late into the night.
From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination
       
After Donald Trump’s election, both the New York Times and Washington Post saw huge jumps in subscribers, all hoping that the outlets would hold the president to account. ‘Indisputably an enemy’Opinion writers and editorial boards took great pains to emphasize the disgust and contempt they held for Soleimani, a “terrorist mastermind” (Washington Post, 1/6/20) “as evil as Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Bahdadi” (Washington Post, 1/3/20). There was little deviation in the Times or Post from the idea that Soleimani was an “evil” (New York Times, 1/3/20, 1/7/20; Washington Post, 1/6/20), “blood-soaked” (New York Times, 1/4/20) “terrorist” (New York Times, 1/3/20) who “had it coming” (New York Times, 1/4/20), a monster comparable to Nazi Holocaust leaders (Washington Post, 1/6/20). “Why didn’t the White House alert senior Democrats in Congress, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi?” asked the Times (1/3/20). The Post (1/6/20, 1/6/20) made similar criticisms, as if had Trump done so, there would be no legal issues with killing a foreign leader in another country.
Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low
       
After staying in the low to mid-50s through the late 1990s and into the early years of the new century, Americans' trust in the media has fallen slowly and steadily. Trust in Mass Media Falls Across Age GroupsOlder Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. ?In 2001, younger Americans (55%) were more likely than older Americans (50%) to express trust and confidence in mass media. With the explosion of the mass media in recent years, especially the prevalence of blogs, vlogs and social media, perhaps Americans decry lower standards for journalism. This could, in turn, elevate Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media as a whole.
Washington Breathes an Uneasy Sigh of Relief
       
Whether or not related to the former president’s absence, a bipartisan lightness seemed to prevail across the stage. Snow flurries gave way to sun and an aura distinctly serene. Supreme Court justices greeted former presidents with elbow bumps and waved to masked members of Congress from several feet away, a literal separation of powers mandated by the pandemic. The rampage on Jan. 6 had brought on uniformed troops clustered in all directions across a Capitol complex otherwise abandoned by civilians. Still, the inauguration felt like a friendly gathering, a small step toward President Biden’s elusive promise of national unity.
Biden Inauguration / Trump Exit Open Thread
       
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Covid Vaccine Pros and Cons, and How to Discover the Truth
       
Reports of receiving the Corona virus vaccine range from deep appreciation for enhanced safety to tragedy: Norway has reported the deaths of 23 elderly people soon after they received the Pfizer vaccine, and has launched a probe. The CBC that was done at his arrival showed his platelet count to be 0 (A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.) he was admitted in the ICU with a diagnosis of acute ITP caused by a reaction to the COVID vaccine. A team of expert doctors tried for 2 weeks to raise his platelet count to no avail. No matter what they did, the platelets count refused to go up.
Suns of love
       
It doesn't make senseCos it's not MensaRemove all doubtCos you have the cloutIt's not me who is way outI'm a true believerIt comes from the heartSo play your partTo slay the hateThe universe awaitsTake the love baitChoose the path of peaceHeal a world in piecesPick up the fragmentsOf hurt, loss and painLend a hand its so plainSmooth the angry browsDrop the raised fistLove tops the listLook for the beautyFor it aboundsIt's in you and meWaiting to be foundSettle your mindWe are one kindAll breathe the same airEach one a sunPart of eternityA lasting fraternityFull of possibilitiesSee the golden otherAs a beloved brotherNot black, white or brownLook for the crownOf beating heartsIt's not red or blueIt's me and youColour is silentYet stands accusedIt is the seated soulThat speaks and rainsLove and hate unfeignedStars freely abideRuling darkest midnightSo too as sunsWe must overcomeHate, fear and prideOnly thenWill our work be done.
If There's no Trust, the Social Contract Goes Bust
       
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Article: "Our position...is a resounding no" -- to letting nuclear plants run for 100 years
       
Comments from the "public" were strongly opposed to the NRC's desire for it to let nuclear power plants run for a century. Jan Boudart, a board member of the Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service, spoke, too, of the lack of consideration of nuclear waste. But with the major decline of nuclear power -- the U.S. is down to 94 plants from a high of 129 and only two are now under construction -- the nuclear promoters in the U.S. government and nuclear industry are pushing to let nuclear power plants run for 100 years to somehow keep nuclear power going. Earlier, it began extending the operating licenses of nuclear power plants to run for 60 years--and most of the plants in the U.S. now are being allowed to run for 60 years. What President Joe Biden does about nuclear power -- he has said he is for "advanced" nuclear power -- and the pro-nuclear NRC remains to be seen.
Putin is screwing Old Europe with a gas pipeline: NORD STREAM II
       
What concerns Old Europe's understanding of fundamental values, a great example comes to mind - the enormous German-Russian oil pipeline project Nord Stream 2, which has been in political crosshairs multiple times and has forced everyone to doubt the values of Old Europe. Even though Germany is just one of the countries of Old Europe, it still has considerable influence on EU policies. This makes one wonder about the double standards of not only Germany, but also other countries of Old Europe when it comes to building relations with Russia. Not concerned about such negativity, Germany is actively working on completing the gas pipeline project and urging the international community not to link Navalny's case with Nord Stream 2. But instead, Old Europe has become lost and divided, so far as to submit to corruption but at the same time attempting to maintain the legend of the morally developed union.
Russia is likely behind US unrest
       
According to Chainanalysis, a month before the unrest people in the US received bitcoins worth 500,000 USD. Let's return to 2016, when the CIA and FBI made an announcement that Russia has interfered in the presidential election. We know that Russia wanted Trump to win, which was evidenced by Putin's statements and articles in Russian media outlets. It was confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. We know that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2020 election as well.
The U.S. empire's very limited options for conquest
       
His aim was to ensure that the wars against Iran, Yemen, and China would continue going into the next administration. We can be virtually certain that Biden and his administration aren't going to end the war against the Yemeni people, despite Biden's promise to the contrary. And since Iran, Russia, and China are all unquestioningly treated as enemies by both sides of the U.S. partisan aisle, this dynamic will solidify the narrative that the Houthis are nothing more than villains. Such are the growing limitations of Zionism in the 21st century, and of the other global facets of the declining U.S. empire. Biden will also no doubt work to intensify the proxy war that Washington's fascist puppet regime in Ukraine is waging against Russia, but by all indications Russia will win this war.
What Joe Biden Should Learn from Obama's Autobiography: Listen to Jeremiah Wright!
       
By his own testimony, that direction was originally set by Jeremiah A. Wright, Mr. Obama's former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side. James Cone, the father of Black liberation theology has described Dr. Wright as Black liberation theology's foremost contemporary exponent. Unfortunately, the policies, Mr. Obama describes in A Promised Land ended up reflecting the former over the latter. Jeremiah Wright's Influence on Mr. ObamaThat reflection contrasts dramatically with what scandalized America's right wing when it first encountered Jeremiah Wright's liberation theology. In fact, what their excavations uncovered nearly terminated Mr. Obama's political ambitions (140).
Who was Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh?
       
Mohammad Mossadegh was an Iranian politician who served as the 35th Prime Minister of Iran, holding office from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in the 1953 Iranian coup d'e'tat orchestrated by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the United Kingdom's MI6. There are hundreds if not thousands of sources how Western countries brought down the Prime Minister of Iran. This action influenced the Western countries in future clandestine operations, not only in the West Asia, but also in Latin America. After 70 years later, Iranians are not hopeful that Western countries will stop interference in the internal affairs of their region. See Atoms for Peace, where starting in 1957 the USA provided the Shah of Iran (after overthrowing Mossadegh in 1953) nuclear technology.
Pope's Words in Open Letter to Joe Biden
       
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 22, 2021Dear President Joe Biden,Congratulations and best wishes! Mr. President, as a disbeliever in both religion and authority, I would never encourage you to blindly obey the Pope. Reportedly, you were wise enough to oppose the war on Libya, despite its misleading packaging as a humanitarian cause. On Monday, people all over the world will be demanding an end to the war on Yemen. The United States has coated the world with bases that generate wars far more than they prevent them.
In Defense of Civility
       
This was a welcome, although belated, defense of civility. Donald Trump's political rise was facilitated by his use of Twitter. Donald Trump loved Twitter. The lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" was facilitated by Trump's tweets. On January 6th, the insurrectionists that stormed the US Capitol were egged on by Trump's tweets.
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen
       
From LA Progressive1565 Painting(Image by Pieter Bruegel the Elder) Details DMCAIn 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder created "The Massacre of the Innocents," a provocative masterpiece of religious art. Uncomfortable with the images of child slaughter, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, after acquiring the painting, ordered another reworking. Were Bruegel's anti-war theme updated to convey images of child slaughter today, a remote Yemeni village could be the focus. Numerous organizations with extensive experience working in Yemen described the catastrophic effects such a designation would have on delivery of desperately needed humanitarian relief. Senator Chris Murphy termed this FTO designation a "death sentence" for thousands of Yemenis.
Strip the Senate: Making V.P. Kamala Harris the Senate Majority Leader
       
The role of Majority Leader is not prescribed in the Constitution, nor in the Senate rules. The Majority Leader is not a position that exists anywhere in the Constitution. The reason that the Majority Leader has near-dictatorial powers to control floor votes is because of a tradition that dates back to 1937. As President of the Senate, Vice President Harris could give any senator priority recognition. Even with a minority in the Senate, Vice President Harris could simply give Chuck Schumer priority recognition.
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen
       
In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder created The Massacre of the Innocents, a provocative masterpiece of religious art. Meanwhile, the United States, like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, has cut back on its contributions to humanitarian relief. When the United States sought United Nations’ approval for its 1991 war against Iraq, Yemen was occupying a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council. It surprisingly voted then against the wishes of the United States, whose wars of choice around the Middle East were slowly accelerating. The opportunity to resist this massacre of the innocents rests with us.
There Are No Democratic Adults in the Room
       
“A simple idea,” he writes, “underpins the nation’s democratic tradition: Americans elect America’s leaders. But the Clinton machine and its allies in corporate media and the Democratic National Committee rigged the primary campaign against Sanders, the party’s best hope. (Read my latest account of the Stop Sanders Democratic campaign here). Joe Biden, a longstanding corporatist and imperialist, represents Democratic neoliberalism and militarism on steroids. That an admitted plagiarist and gaffe-machine who struggles to keep his hands to himself is among his party’s top contenders suggests there are no actual adults in the room.
Ex-Obama Official: We Fueled the Syria War Rather Than Stopping It
       
ROBERT MALLEY: I’m sorry, I just- what I said was the ones who are directly prosecuting the war were our allies in one case, and were enemies in the other. AARON MATE: Well, my contention is that it wasn’t just our foes who were prosecuting the war in Syria. JOE BIDEN: Our biggest problem is our allies; our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? Their goal was to break the regime in order to break Iran’s role in the, in Syria.
Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblowing Cops, ExxonMobil Whistleblowers
       
Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblowing Cops, ExxonMobil Fraud—Plus, US Appeals Assange Extradition DecisionIn this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola opens with a couple recent stories involving whistleblowers at police departments, who took a stand against abusive activity. Later, Kevin highlights a whistleblower complaint against ExxonMobil for fraud and provides updates on COVID-19 data whistleblower Rebekah Jones and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The show concludes with an overtime discussion between Kevin and Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein about how citizens could mobilize for whistleblowers and reforms that diminish the ability of the United States government to use the Espionage Act against truth-tellers. This week’s stories:Whistleblower In California Files Complaint Over Double Standard For Homeless Taser JokeChicago Police Lieutenant Blows Whistle On Quotas For Traffic Stops, Faces RetaliationFlorida Tries To Deny Charged COVID-19 Data Whistleblower Access To InternetExxonMobil Accused By Whistleblower Of Unrealistically Estimating Value Of Top US Oil FieldTrump Submitted To Republican Pressure, Abandoned Pardons For Snowden And AssangeSend tips and feedback to editor@shadowproof.comThis show is brought to you by Shadowproof.com, a 100% reader-funded press organization. If you enjoy our work, you can support us with a donation or by subscribing for $5/month or more: https://shadowproof.com/donate
Several States Aren’t Counting How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste
       
How many doses, exactly, have been wasted in those states is unknown because neither state is tracking unused or wasted vaccines. Jha said he thinks that the true number of wasted doses across the country is far higher than a handful. State by state, ProPublica found, reporting requirements vary and are not reliably communicated to vaccine providers. “You never, ever want to have clinics feel pressured not to waste vaccine that needs to be wasted,” Moore said. If vaccine wastage occurs, it should be reported into CDC’s Vaccine Tracking System (VTrckS),” said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund.
Why did Army repeatedly deny that Michael Flynn’s brother was involved in Capitol riot response?
       
The U.S. Army repeatedly and falsely denied that the brother of Michael Flynn — the former Trump national security adviser, who has become a prominent conspiracy theorist — was involved in its response to the deadly Capitol riot. Advertisement:Army officials repeatedly told the Post that Flynn was not involved in their response. An Army spokesperson ultimately acknowledged that Flynn participated in the meeting when confronted with "accounts of multiple officials on the call." Dan Lamothe, one of the reporters who broke the story, said that Army officials denied it because they were "aware of how it might look to some Americans." The report noted that Army officials continued to deny Flynn's involvement "before and after" the reporters interviewed McCarthy.
Yemen Crisis Linked to Weapons Maker Raytheon’s Influence on US Foreign Policy
       
The reality is the harrowing situation in Yemen can be directly traced back to Raytheon and other weapons manufacturers’ influence on U.S. foreign policy. The harrowing situation in Yemen can be directly traced back to Raytheon and other weapons manufacturers’ influence on U.S. foreign policy. In October 2016, news broke of Saudi Arabia striking a funeral procession in Sana’a, killing at least 140 people and injuring 500. He was eventually removed from his post for his integral role in fast-tracking $8 billion in Raytheon arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Corporations like Raytheon do not, as they claim, follow U.S. foreign policy: they make it.
'Basically Trying to Overturn the Senate Election': McConnell Delaying Democratic Takeover in Effort to Preserve Filibuster
       
Elizabeth Warren"The longer the standoff over the organizing package persists, the weirder the Senate will become," Politico reported Thursday. Rejecting McConnell's "extraneous provisions," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is pushing for an organizing resolution that sets the same rules that governed the 50-50 Senate in 2001. "McConnell is threatening to filibuster the organizing resolution which allows Democrats to assume the committee chair positions," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted Thursday. "I've just had enough of Mitch McConnell," Warren added. "McConnell is basically trying to overturn the Senate election," Beutler tweeted.
Biden Pushes “Wartime Effort” to Fight COVID as US Death Toll Tops 410,000
       
On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden unveiled a 198-page national plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. death toll tops 410,000. AMY GOODMAN: President Biden said a wartime effort is needed to combat the virus. I think that’s not going to be possible just because of technical challenges. DR. ASHISH JHA: I think that’s pretty unlikely. [break]AMY GOODMAN: That’s nurse Lori Marie Key of Livonia, Michigan, singing “Amazing Grace” Tuesday night during the COVID national memorial at the reflecting pool.
Army Denied Role of Michael Flynn’s Brother in Decisions After Capitol Breach
       
The U.S. Army repeatedly and falsely denied that the brother of Michael Flynn — the former Trump national security adviser, who has become a prominent conspiracy theorist — was involved in its response to the deadly Capitol riot. The Army’s delay in sending National Guard troops to assist Capitol Police and Washington, D.C., officers who were overrun by the pro-Trump mob has come under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers. National Guard backup did not arrive at the Capitol until nearly four hours after the then-president’s supporters had breached the complex, after most of the violence was already over. Army officials repeatedly told the Post that Flynn was not involved in their response. “HE WAS NOT IN ANY OF THE MEETINGS!” one unnamed Army official told the outlet in an email on Jan. 12.
McConnell Is Obstructing to Save the Filibuster. Progressives Want It Abolished.
       
Given that the organizing resolution is itself subject to the filibuster, McConnell is effectively using the archaic 60-vote requirement — which progressives have taken to calling a “Jim Crow relic” — to protect it from future elimination by the new Democratic majority. “McConnell is threatening to filibuster the organizing resolution which allows Democrats to assume the committee chair positions,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted Thursday. told CNN Thursday that “Mitch McConnell was fine with getting rid of the filibuster to a United States Supreme Court nominee for a lifetime appointment, but he’s not okay getting rid of the filibuster for unemployment relief for families that are out of work because of Covid-19.”“I’ve just had enough of Mitch McConnell,” Warren added. “McConnell is already abusing the filibuster to block the constitution of the new majority. Get all 50 Dem signatures on a letter, if McConnell blocks a clean organizing resolution, effectively nullifying the Senate elections, they will nuke his filibuster and take their gavels unilaterally.
Fauci Says Working Under Biden Is “Liberating” – He Can Speak Candidly on COVID
       
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke out this week about the stark differences in serving under former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, describing it as a “liberating” experience. Meanwhile, under Biden, Fauci described his newfound freedom to speak up and express views based on science as “somewhat of a liberating feeling.”During CNN’s “New Day” program on Friday morning, Fauci affirmed that the Trump administration’s promotion of cures and treatments lacking scientific evidence cost lives. Fauci was frequently seen beside Trump during press briefings in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and became a trusted figure in the administration among the American populace. The smear campaign eventually failed, and for the remainder of his term, Trump largely ignored or avoided Fauci. In spite of the disagreements between Trump and Fauci, the American people largely approved of how the latter conducted himself during the pandemic.
Cruz and Hawley Should Be Investigated and Expelled, Some Democrats Say
       
Democrats sent a letter to Senate ethics committee leaders, Chairman Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Vice Chairman James Lankford (R-Oklahoma). The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), calls on the Senate ethics committee to launch an investigation into Cruz and Hawley’s actions surrounding January 6. The Democratic Senators also call on the committee to offer recommendations for disciplinary action against Cruz and Hawley, including expulsion or censure if necessary. House Democrats have also called for Republican Representatives who voted to overturn the election results to face investigation and possible expulsion. Bush, whose resolution names Hawley and Cruz as culprits, tweeted Thursday night that she thinks “Ted Cruz needs to resign and take Josh Hawley with him.”Copyright © Truthout.
US Army covered up role of Flynn’s brother, a general, in January 6 coup response
       
The US Army has covered up the role of Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, brother of Trump loyalist and former National Security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn (ret. Charles Flynn is a high-ranking Army commander, serving as deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Michael Flynn emerged a year later as the top military endorser of Trump and a frequent surrogate in the Republican presidential campaign. The Post reported, “It was at times difficult for the participants of the call to discern which top Army official was speaking.”The accounts of the participants themselves are highly contradictory. The Post reported, “Army officials, before and after that interview, denied that Flynn appeared during the call.
Another 900,000 file for unemployment, record jobless claims continue amid mass death from pandemic
       
Weekly adjusted unemployment claims topped 900,000, according to the latest weekly jobs report from the Department of Labor, the last such report of Donald Trump’s presidency. Overall, the total number of jobless claims was 1.4 million, one of the highest totals recorded since August. The ongoing record unemployment claims point to the fact that large companies and small businesses alike are continuing with layoffs amidst the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. This delay meant that only 47 states reported PUA claims in the last DOL report, with states such as Florida and Arkansas not reporting any claims filed. The archaic and outdated systems, which vary from state to state, are specifically designed to discourage jobless workers from trying to file for unemployment in the first place.
Teamsters rush to end strike as support grows for Hunts Point warehouse workers in New York City
       
Workers picket at the Hunts Point Market on January 19, 2021 (WSWS Photo)In his remarks Thursday Kane effectively dropped the demand for a dollar raise. Striking workers who talked to the WSWS expect an agreement could come as early as Friday morning. Instead of isolated actions, like it was for school buses, Spectrum, even GM autoworkers, we need collective action for the Hunts Point strikers. These are not the “friends” of striking workers but of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who deployed his cops to arrest striking workers. The Hunts Point workers cannot fight this struggle alone.
The Biden administration: Illusion and reality
       
However, efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins. New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman declared that “Biden Can Heal What Trump Broke” in an op-ed Wednesday. The Biden administration is already slow-walking its meagre promises for $1.9 trillion in pandemic relief. The Biden administration is being stacked with alums of the Obama administration who pushed for war on Libya, stoked the civil war in Syria and broadly expanded American drone war operations. The orientation of the Biden administration is for “unity,” that is, unity with the Republican Party on the basis of a right-wing, pro-imperialist policy.
Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages
       
In Matamoros, Mexico, strikes are again breaking out to demand higher wages and safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The wildcat strike was an attempt by the workers—lacking confidence in any of the unions, “independent” or otherwise—to take the struggle against the company into their own hands. At about 10:00 a.m., the union delegates announced their deal and ordered workers to end the strike. Matamoros workers on strikePrieto and her partners in the “independent” trade unions, however, intervened to keep the strikes chained to the union bureaucracy and channel all appeals behind the AMLO administration. Eventually, they were able to shut down the strike after companies agreed to a 20 percent wage increase and the 32,000 pesos.
SCOTUS Issued a Blow to Abortion Pills by Mail, But Advocates Aren’t Giving Up
       
There has been a quiet revolution in access to abortion pills in the United States over the past six months — and whether it continues depends on the new Biden-Harris administration. Soon, with the help of groups like Plan C, Honeybee Health became the first U.S.-based pharmacy to ship abortion pills by mail to patients here. Primary care doctors in abortion-friendly states started shipping medication abortion pills via the postal service. Among the attorneys general who signed onto the brief in favor of abortion access by mail during the pandemic was former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA. Ohio is expected to become the 19th state with an active ban on telemedicine abortion if Gov.
Biden Has Extended Eviction Moratorium — Now It’s Time for More
       
Under Biden’s direction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday extended a moratorium on evictions through March 31. In statements and interviews, tenant organizers and advocates for low-income renters said they are still fighting eviction proceedings in a number of states despite the CDC moratorium. “It would have been easy to improve the failed Trump moratorium, and Biden should have done so,” Raghuveer said. Biden is asking Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion “rescue” stimulus package that would extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums through September. They see emergency pandemic housing as a step towards a “homes guarantee” that would finally eradicate homelessness by providing public, eco-friendly housing.
Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86
       
All that, and especially the hate mail that besieged him, seared Aaron for years to come. They carved a piece of my heart away.”Aaron’s achievements went well beyond his home run prowess. He was the league’s most valuable player in 1957, when the Milwaukee Braves won their only World Series championship. 1 in the major leagues in total bases (6,856) and runs batted in (2,297); No. He won the National League’s single-season home run title four times, though his highest total was only 47, in 1971.
Lloyd Austin is confirmed, becoming the first Black defense secretary in U.S. history.
       
The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd J. Austin III as defense secretary, filling a critical national security position in President Biden’s cabinet and elevating him as the first Black Pentagon chief. The 93-2 vote came a day after Congress granted General Austin, a retired four-star Army general, a special waiver to hold the post, which is required for any defense secretary who has been out of active-duty military service for fewer than seven years. It reflected a bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that it was urgent for Mr. Biden to have his defense pick rapidly installed, a step normally taken on a new president’s first day. “It’s an extraordinary, historic moment,” said Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and the chairman of the Armed Services Committee. He retired in 2016 after 41 years in the military, and is widely respected across the Army.
Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon and other corporate giants moving to speed up coronavirus vaccine rollout
       
The early stages of vaccine distribution under the Trump administration were marked by confusion and miscommunication. ADADWalmart, the world’s biggest retailer, has been preparing to offer the vaccine at its 5,000 U.S. locations. Starting this week, the retailer is making inoculations available through its stores in seven states, plus Chicago and Puerto Rico. We’re also a federal pharmacy partner and can accept federal allocation of doses in all our Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies.”ADADThis week, Washington Gov. Amazon and Walmart did not immediately respond to questions regarding whether their role in vaccine distribution would secure early access for employees.
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Today in DC news: Live updates, coronavirus numbers for DC, Maryland and Virginia
       
Back when it was known as Black Broadway, U Street wasn’t just a neighborhood where you could hear Louis Armstrong at Club Bali. Or stroll down the street on a Sunday afternoon, still in your church clothes, and take in the magnificent buildings designed by Washington’s leading architects. Or dance late into the night at the lavish auditorium inside the True Reformer Building. One of the most persistent, and pernicious, stereotypes involved fried chicken, that staple of the American South. Through postcards and ads, films and commercials, interviews and memes, Black Americans were (and continue to be) subjected to a multigenerational smear campaign designed to erase their expanding social and political status.
Opinion | Republicans’ recalcitrance on the economy is risky
       
The White House is planning to send Deese to talk with a bipartisan group of 16 senators about moving forward on the bill. At Thursday’s White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters: “We are going to be increasing our engagements; it’s already been ongoing, even before the president was inaugurated yesterday. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah) — have publicly expressed skepticism that more money was needed after last month’s $900 billion package. The question remains whether he can get Republicans in the Senate to swallow a big economic package, let alone two in the space of a few weeks. Republicans are running the risk of obstruction causing further downward spiral in the economy, leaving them to blame for a longer and more devastating recession.
Opinion | 100 million is too few. Biden should aim higher on vaccinations.
       
And although the Trump administration has plenty of blame on its hands, this is a much larger failure. Perhaps as important, his people believe in government and understand that getting it to work is a special challenge in the United States. The government should spare no expense in accelerating the vaccine rollout. ADADThe United States’ handling of the pandemic in general has been a disaster and is widely seen as such. In a Pew Research Center survey across 13 major countries, 84 percent of respondents agreed that the United States had bungled covid-19, and every country believed it had done far better than the United States.
Live updates: House to send impeachment article against Trump to Senate on Monday; Senate confirms Austin
       
Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Senate would receive the impeachment article against former president Donald Trump on Jan. 25. (The Washington Post)Schumer said Friday that Pelosi will deliver the article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, clearing the way for the start of Trump’s second impeachment trial. “It will be a full trial; it will be a fair trial,” Schumer said during remarks on the Senate floor. The House impeached Trump on a single article of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 takeover of the Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob. Our managers are ready to begin to make their case to 100 Senate jurors through the trial process.”
Denmark is sequencing all coronavirus samples and has an alarming view of the U.K. variant
       
Overall, new daily confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Denmark have been dropping for a month. Danish officials say that as a result, daily coronavirus cases there could quadruple by the beginning of April. British virus hunters had fingerprinted a new strain that appeared to be spreading wildly in pockets of their population. ADADWhen the British variant was identified as a dangerous new risk, Denmark already had a fairly tight lockdown in place. The United States is still reviewing it, as well, but Britain granted emergency authorization last month.
Hank Aaron, baseball great who became voice for civil rights, dies at 86
       
Throughout his own career, Mr. Aaron recalled the forbearance and strength Robinson showed just in stepping on the field. When Mr. Aaron began playing in the minor leagues, it marked the first time that he had shared the field with White players. ADADAfter he reached the major leagues in Milwaukee in 1954, Mr. Aaron quietly allied himself with the burgeoning civil rights movement. In 1966, at the height of the civil rights movement, the Braves moved to Atlanta, worrying Mr. Aaron. Postal Service noted at the time, Mr. Aaron had received more mail than anyone who was not a political figure.
Opinion | A hidden feature of Biden’s first big moves: Major outreach to Trump country
       
Embedded in some of Biden’s first big moves are policies that constitute major outreach to the parts of the country that elected Donald Trump president in 2016 and overwhelmingly supported his reelection. ADCase in point: Biden’s new national strategy for combating covid-19, perhaps his single most important agenda item, contains a major component for rural America. That means partnering the federal government with states and localities to pump more resources into rural health clinics. It also means mobile vaccination units that can reach rural areas. Doing these things could have a longer-lasting revitalizing effect in those areas, Gonsalves notes.
Local reporters are a lifeline helping readers find the vaccine
       
The daughter of a nursing home resident in San Jose wants to know why her mom has not received the Covid-19 vaccine. That is typical work of a local reporter, but several told CNN Business the engagement has been shocking. In an interview with CNN Business, Davidson-Hiers likened her recent experience to working at the entrance to a theme park. Kim Bui, the paper's director of audience innovation, told CNN Business about 3,000 users have registered for the service. ABC7 News, a station covering San Francisco and the Bay Area, created a Covid-19 vaccine tracker for California.
Volkswagen made $12 billion in 2020 despite the pandemic
       
London (CNN Business) Volkswagen is walking away from 2020 with a profit of more than $12 billion despite the coronavirus pandemic that torpedoed car sales and snarled manufacturing supply chains. a performance helped by a strong finish to the year. The world's largest automaker said in a statement on Friday that it expects operating profit of €10 billion ($12.2 billion) for 2020,a performance helped by a strong finish to the year. Volkswagen VLKAF After losing €1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) in the first six months of 2020,"proved to be quite robust in the second half," it added. Volkswagen made nearly twice as much money in 2019, posting a profit of €19.3 billion ($23.5 billion) on sales of €252 billion ($306.6 billion).
Last-minute vaccine cancellations in New York City catches some off-guard
       
SEE NEW POSTSLast-minute vaccine cancellations in New York City catches some off-guard Thousands of people had their Covid-19 vaccine appointments canceled at the last minute in New York City -- starting Thursday -- when the city announced it was experiencing a supply shortage. Share this -Texas doctor accused of stealing vial of Covid-19 vaccine A Texas doctor was charged Thursday with stealing a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to prosecutors. The "TODAY" co-anchor and weatherman share their reasons for getting vaccinated in the upcoming issue of People magazine. "Why am I getting vaccinated? So I am getting vaccinated not only for my family, but for yours too."
Angry lawmakers scuffle over mandatory mask wearing, Covid emergency
       
SEE NEW POSTSInternet services company Cloudflare offers help for vaccination registration websites Vaccination registration websites have struggled to keep up with the demand of people trying to make appointments. So I am getting vaccinated not only for my family, but for yours too." The NFL is inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic. To celebrate, @nflcommish surprised Sarasota Memorial Hospital health care workers with tickets to #SBLV. pic.twitter.com/iurMY0BvMM — NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2021 Share this -
Michigan to allow indoor dining starting Feb. 1 at 25 percent capacity
       
SEE NEW POSTSMichigan to allow indoor dining starting Feb. 1 at 25 percent capacity Michigan will allow indoor dining at restaurants and bars to resume on Feb. 1, state officials announced Friday. Now, we are confident that starting February 1, restaurants can resume indoor dining with safety measures in place,” Whitmer said. So I am getting vaccinated not only for my family, but for yours too." To celebrate, @nflcommish surprised Sarasota Memorial Hospital health care workers with tickets to #SBLV. pic.twitter.com/iurMY0BvMM — NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2021 Share this -
A Normal Press Conference — What A Concept!
       
VIDEOSA Normal Press Conference — What A Concept! One of the biggest contrasts between the Biden and Trump administrations is the relationship with the media.
Opinion | Trump Showed How Easily Presidents Can Abuse Emergency Powers. Here’s How Congress Can Rein Them In.
       
Ironically, when Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, its purpose was to rein in presidents’ excessive reliance on emergency declarations. For one thing, in the absence of any statutory definition of “national emergency,” courts have avoided the question of whether an emergency actually existed. Trump’s abuse of emergency powers prompted multiple reform efforts in Congress, with several bills introduced in both houses. Trump demonstrated that emergency powers can be a convenient tool to evade the will of Congress on questions of policy. The time to reform emergency powers is now—under a president who seems more inclined to rescind bogus emergency declarations than issue them.
Fans Say Sabrina Carpenter's New Song Is A Response To Olivia Rodrigo's Hit
       
Sabrina Carpenter dropped a new song this week and fans think it’s a response to Olivia Rodrigo’s smash hit “drivers license.” After the “Girl Meets World” star released “skin” at midnight on Friday, fans immediately began unpacking the song’s lyrics. Earlier this month, 17-year-old Rodrigo released her melancholy song about getting her driver’s license in the wake of a breakup. sabrina carpenter and olivia aren’t “fighting” over joshua at all. pic.twitter.com/ysBQhifEkM — Lily Hamilton (@lilyhamilton_9) January 22, 2021breakdown of the misinterpreted lines in “skin” by sabrina carpenter. ?? pic.twitter.com/Rna0GplnzY — alysia STREAM SKIN (@jusswannaexhale) January 22, 2021me looking for where olivia rodrigo said anything mean about sabrina carpenter in DL pic.twitter.com/F73NViI6kU — malana shettles (@malanashettles) January 22, 2021
Fauci: Trump administration's Covid strategy 'very likely did' cost lives
       
Trump frequently touted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 despite there being no evidence of it being effective. As the pandemic wore on, Fauci's appearances at the White House grew increasingly rare, as did contact between the two men. Fauci said in a news conference with White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday that his work with the Biden administration thus far has been "liberating." Fauci has said the Trump administration prevented him from making some media appearances and that the White House hampered the flow of public health information. “You don’t want the federal government to do everything and you don’t want the states to do everything.
President Joe Biden’s Big First Day
       
VIDEOSPresident Joe Biden’s Big First DayDuring his first official day in office, President Joe Biden crossed a lot of things off his to-do list and undid many of his predecessor’s policies.
Kaley Cuoco's Husband's Haircut Is Making Her Rethink Her Wedding Vows
       
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are facing a test in their marriage. “The Flight Attendant” star, who tied the knot with Cook in 2018, joked that she was reviewing her wedding vows this week after her professional equestrian husband began sporting a very distinctive hairstyle. “I don’t remember saying ‘in sickness and health oh and mullets,’” Cuoco quipped in an Instagram post alongside a photo of Cook kissing her with his mullet in full view as her eyes, frozen in a look of shock, stared straight ahead at the camera.
Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary
       
The vote came just a day after the House and Senate approved a waiver to allow Austin to serve. Austin, who retired from the military in 2016, falls short of the legal requirement that military officers be out of uniform for seven years to serve as Defense secretary. Secretary of Defense nominee Lloyd Austin, a recently retired Army general, speaks during his conformation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. | Greg Nash/AP PhotoBut Austin doubled down on civilian control of the military at a Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing Tuesday. "The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies," Austin testified on Tuesday.
Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Remove Statue Of Staunch Segregationist
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia legislators advanced a bill Friday to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch segregationist, from the state Capitol grounds. The decision to advance the bill comes amid a yearslong effort in history-rich Virginia to rethink who is honored in the state’s public spaces. The larger-than-life statue erected in 1976 and located a stone’s throw from the Capitol depicts Byrd with a copy of the federal budget. Lawmakers evicted a Confederate statue and busts from inside the Capitol in July, and the city of Richmond removed some of the state’s most prominent Confederate monuments from its public spaces. In an unusual twist, a similar measure to remove the Byrd statue was filed last year by a freshman Republican lawmaker.
Amanda Gorman Wanted To 'Repurify' The Capitol With Her Words
       
Amanda Gorman’s words were on fire, and so is her phone. And on Thursday’s “The Late Late Show,” she explained that things haven’t been the same since. “I don’t think I really can process it,” Gorman told host James Corden. “To kind of give you a metaphor for that, my phone is like on fire. And for you to understand that, I was outside in the cold and my phone was that hot with the amount of support and just love that was coming for my words, and that was just incredible.”PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Poet Amanda Gorman reads her poem during the 59th presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Religious progressives have to break right-wing Christianity's stranglehold on abortion
       
Members of the religious right have used their considerable power again and again, mobilizing around politicians, legislation and judicial nominees (including Amy Coney Barrett). The religious right may have the loudest voice when it comes to abortion, but there are numerous other religious approaches to the matter. Other religious communities have their own complex and nuanced approaches to the procedure. The religious right may have the loudest voice when it comes to abortion, but there are numerous other religious approaches to the matter. And they should be places where everyone understands the importance of fighting for reproductive health, rights and justice for everyone.
Baseball icon Hank Aaron dies at 86
       
Home-run hitting baseball legend Hank Aaron has died at age 86. Aaron spent 21 seasons of his 23-year career playing for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.
Biden wants a $15 hourly federal minimum wage. Is America ready?
       
Biden will begin the process by requiring that everyone working for the federal government get a minimum wage of $15 an hour. “Before the erosion of the political middle ground in recent years, the idea of a federal minimum wage was far from controversial. Advocates for a higher minimum wage argue that corporate America can bear the cost of a higher minimum wage more easily than families forced to live hand-to-mouth. Advocates for a higher minimum wage also make the argument that corporate America can bear the cost of a higher minimum wage more easily than families forced to live hand-to-mouth. “A $15 minimum wage would likely shift it even more… even though a lot of that would be occurring anyway.”
Hank Aaron, home-run-hitting baseball great, dead at 86
       
Hank Aaron, whose prodigious swing took him from a poverty-stricken section of Mobile, Alabama, to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, has died. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world. Hank Aaron waves to the crowd as he is honored on the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run in 2014 in Atlanta. He signed a $10,000 contract with the Milwaukee Braves, with whom he made his big league debut two years later. Appropriately enough, MLB also awards the Hank Aaron Award to the best hitter in each league as voted on by the fans and the media.
Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as first Black defense secretary
       
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday voted overwhelmingly to confirm the first Black secretary of defense, retired four-star Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who first needed Congress to approve a waiver for him to fill the Cabinet position. Austin retired in 2016. The House and Senate quickly approved the waiver for Austin on Thursday. In testimony at his confirmation hearing this week, Austin said that the “most immediate” challenge facing the U.S. is the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously reported Yellen's nomination to the floor Friday morning in a 26-0 vote.
Senate votes to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense
       
The Senate has voted to confirm President Biden's nominee to serve as secretary of defense, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, the first Black American to hold the position.
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Falling, but Variants Could Erase Progress
       
A growing number of coronavirus vaccines are showing robust protection against becoming sick. Once enough people get vaccinated, it will become very difficult for the coronavirus to find vulnerable people to infect. Will mRNA vaccines change my genes? The cell uses the mRNA to make proteins from the coronavirus, which can stimulate the immune system. As epidemiologists warn about the spread of new variants, health officials are racing to vaccinate as many people as possible.
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Falling, but Variants Could Erase Progress
       
And in parts of Texas, including around San Antonio and along portions of the Mexican border, case numbers are as high as they have ever been. The county that includes Laredo is reporting more than 500 cases each day, a per capita figure more than twice as high as Los Angeles County, which is also struggling. In places that have seen a slowing of new cases in recent days, local and state health officials were sharing positive — but tentative — news about the virus. As epidemiologists warn about the spread of new variants, health officials are racing to vaccinate as many people as possible. More than half of states had administered less than 50 percent of the doses shipped to them.
Live Updates: House to Send Article of Impeachment to Senate on Monday, Triggering Trump’s Trial
       
ET Live Updates: House to Send Article of Impeachment to Senate on Monday, Triggering Trump’s Trial President Biden hopes to accelerate the delivery of stimulus checks and lay the groundwork for a $15 minimum wage for federal workers. Former President Donald J. Trump is accused of inciting an insurrection and is the first president in history to face a second impeachment trial. The House will transmit its impeachment article on Monday, triggering Trump’s trial. “I’ve been speaking to the Republican leader about the timing and duration of the trial,” Mr. Schumer said on Friday. President Biden could end up cementing as many of former President Donald J. Trump’s tax cuts as he rolls back.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Travel Restrictions Keep World Frozen in Place
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Travel Restrictions Keep World Frozen in Place Travelers to the United States will have to quarantine, and the E.U. A nursing home resident receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Budapest this month. Bangladesh will begin a nationwide coronavirus vaccination campaign starting with a gift from India — two million vaccine doses — by next week. There are about 300,000 second doses that will have been delivered to New York City by the end of today. The city has not yet used any second doses for first doses, according to a spokeswoman from the mayor’s office.
The Energy 202: Biden administration puts freeze on federal fossil fuel leases and permits
       
One of the biggest pieces of Biden’s climate plan is halting new oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters. and GOP allies have also called on the Biden administration to submit the Paris agreement to the Senate for consideration, the Hill reports. Biden named Richard Glick as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ADADCorrection: The original version of this newsletter incorrectly referred to this agency at the Federal Energy Reserve Commission. It is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Opinion | Goofus and Gallant try unity and healing
       
Gallant knows that true unity means continuing the policies of his predecessor unaltered, without criticism! Gallant knows that getting inaugurated and having a celebration would just rub his victory in the face of people who need unity and healing the most. Gallant knows that we as a country can truly heal only if we bury this deadly attack on our entire system of government in a deep hole and never speak of it again! Gallant knows that reminding people that he was elected is painful and unpleasant for them and he had better stop tearing this nation apart! Gallant loves unity!
For the Culture magazine celebrates Black women in food. Finally.
       
She went on to speak with Lukas Volger of Jarry, Stephen Satterfield of Whetstone and Madison Trapkin of GRLSQUASH to glean advice on launching an independent food magazine. ADAD“For the culture” is a common phrase in African American Vernacular English, used to describe the reasoning behind an action that is meant to benefit (often Black) culture at large. “After Indigenous people on this land, Black people helped build the very foundation of this country, including our culture, including our culinary culture and Black women are very much a part of that,” Miller says. One’s relationship to food, drinks and hospitality and food media is personal,” Miller writes in her letter from the editor. “And Black women, by and large, have always had that fluidity because of the cultural code switching that goes hand-in-hand with just living in this country.”But Black people shouldn’t have to code switch.
To honor Kamala Harris, these women are bringing a traditional Indian art form to D.C., made by thousands of hands
       
Three women joined forces in late November to spearhead Inauguration Kolam 2021 and produce the sprawling crowdsourced public welcome — all on recycled cardboard. It is modeled after the geometric Indian art traditionally created by women. ADADThe group also created a digital kolam mosaic, to ensure those outside the D.C. area can actively participate, too. To pull off the large-scale art, the three women mobilized to collect individual tiles from people around the country, which they will merge together to form a 60-foot kolam. Although kolams are derived from Indian culture, the purpose of the project, the women said, is to celebrate all Americans.
Today in DC news: Live updates, coronavirus numbers for DC, Maryland and Virginia
       
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman accused of helping to steal a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the attack on the U.S. Capitol was ordered released from detention on Thursday and placed in her mother’s custody. Riley June Williams, 22, must stay in the home she shares with her mother and abide by other conditions of release, including avoiding contact with any witnesses or victims of the Jan. 6 Capitol storming. Federal Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson said he was releasing Williams in part because she had no prior criminal record, but he warned her that her mother, Wendy Williams, could be criminally charged if she fails to report to the court any violations of the conditions of release. “Your mother is making an enormous leap of faith on your behalf, and you are the one person in this courtroom who can make sure your mother doesn’t have to choose between her love for you and her duty to this court,” Carlson told the defendant.
The Health 202: Vaccine sites want better communication with the government. Biden pledges to fix that.
       
Providence officials said they’re not receiving information soon enough about how many doses they’ll receive from week to week. It lays out seven key goals regarding getting vaccines distributed, expanding testing, reopening the economy and restoring trust in public health guidance. Biden also signed 10 additional pandemic-related executive orders and presidential memorandums dealing with different aspects of the public health crisis. ADYet Biden’s plan does envision a much more robust federal role in getting vaccines administered (we detailed some of that in yesterday’s Health 202). Gold is also an outspoken critic of the coronavirus vaccines.
Biden’s plan for federally run mass vaccination sites takes shape
       
A lack of abundant vaccine supply will remain the most pressing problem, probably through March. Many states have already set up mass vaccination clinics, but officials say assistance will be needed to make sure the greatest number of people possible are vaccinated. ADADOthers disagreed with the Biden administration’s efforts, in a sign that greater federal coordination is already becoming politically charged. ADADThe draft outlines four possible sizes for federally administered sites. That effort was phased out last summer, however, and the agency’s role in the pandemic response became highly uneven, especially as the Trump administration insisted on delegating responsibility to the states.
Mick Norcross, 'The Only Way Is Essex' star, found dead at 57
       
London (CNN) British reality TV star Mick Norcross has been found dead at his home at the age of 57. Norcross, the former owner of the Sugar Hut nightclub in Brentwood that featured heavily in reality show "The Only Way Is Essex," died Thursday. "So sad to hear the news today of the passing of Mr Sugarhut @micky_norcross," tweeted the club." Sugar Hut called Norcross "a true Essex legend who will be sorely missed." Essex Police said officers were called to an address in Bulphan, Essex shortly before 3.15 p.m. local time.
Opinion: 5 Trump stories the media shouldn't forget about
       
Bill Carter, a media analyst for CNN, covered the television industry for The New York Times for 25 years, and has written four books on TV, including The Late Shift and The War for Late Night. The Trump administration is officially over. But nobody thinks Donald Trump is going away; he has too many acolytes and too much obsession with self-promotion and self-aggrandizement for that to ever happen. In other words: If only the discordant din sent up by the Trump era simply went silent. That is certainly the view among many media critics who have long blamed various national news organizations for amplifying Trump's already bumptious — and deafening — voice.
Dave Chappelle asymptomatic after testing positive for Covid-19
       
(CNN) Comedian Dave Chappelle has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic, according to a statement from his representative obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. "Dave Chappelle is quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19. "Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. Chappelle is asymptomatic," the statement continued. The website for the venue Chappelle was set to perform at with fellow comedian, Joe Rogan, shows his upcoming performances as canceled.
'The White Tiger' presents a searing look at India's caste system
       
The narrative then flashes back, revealing Balram as the "low-born" servant to an imperious and corrupt family, obediently operating as their driver. How did he get from there to here in just three years, escaping the endemic poverty that writer-director Ramin Bahrani portrays in illuminating detail? Strangers to the particulars of India's class system might be shocked by the depiction of how the lives of the poor are viewed. Balram exhibits real academic promise as a child, before an unfortunate turn of events forces him to begin working in order to provide for his family. "I never saw the inside of a school again," he recalls, with the same matter-of-fact tone he brings to even the most harrowing parts of his life.
'In & Of Itself' brings Derek DelGaudio's unique magic act into your living room
       
(CNN) Magic and monologues turn out to be a potent streaming combination, conjuring a taste of the theatrical experience that many sorely miss. The latest example, "In & Of Itself," transforms Derek DelGaudio's long-running stage show into an absorbing Hulu special, one that actually builds on the in-person experience by mashing together numerous shows as opposed to filming just one. The special was taped in New York, where DelGaudio's presentation ran off-Broadway for more than 500 performances. Both performers combine sleight of hand with deeply personal narratives, serving as a kind of one-person show punctuated by card tricks. DelGaudio is described as a "storyteller and conceptual magician," which has the mind-expanding mix about right.
Biden's Covid advisory board that helped create pandemic response plan has been disbanded
       
SEE NEW POSTSBiden's Covid advisory board that helped create pandemic response plan has been disbanded The Covid advisory board that President Joe Biden set up during the transition to help him develop a plan to respond to the pandemic has been disbanded as of Wednesday, said people involved with the group. So I am getting vaccinated not only for my family, but for yours too." The NFL is inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic. To celebrate, @nflcommish surprised Sarasota Memorial Hospital health care workers with tickets to #SBLV. pic.twitter.com/iurMY0BvMM — NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2021 Share this -
Taxi drivers and airline workers forced to brink of starvation as travel is at a standstill
       
"There was a struggle because I used all my savings to pay my bills and pay the rent, pay my food and everything," Palma said of when he was first laid off. Taxi drivers hurting, tooFor 21 years, Gerson Fernandes has driven a New York City yellow cab. Even before Covid-19 swept the world, traditional taxi drivers were struggling in New York City. At the height of the pandemic, ridership dropped by 90% for yellow cabs and 85% for ride-share apps, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which analyzed New York Taxi and Limousine Commission ridership data. He is hoping New York City's Mayor Bill De Blasio will institute a rent forgiveness on his taxi medallion lease.
Women in Sports Experience Widespread Harassment—How Can That Change?
       
The messages took on an increasingly flirtatious tone, and later on, a highly inappropriate tone. Without meaningful change, men like Porter will continue to sexually harass women. The hope is that if more women come to occupy management positions, men might eventually view them as equals. Having women in positions of power would not automatically stop the mistreatment, but it could make it easier for women to come forward without retaliation. Maybe then, we wouldn't have women, like the one Porter sent 62 unreturned text messages to, leaving the business.
NFL Announces Super Bowl LV Will Host 22K Fans at Raymond James Stadium
       
Brynn Anderson/Associated PressNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday the league is planning to host 22,000 fans for Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The group will include 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, mostly from the local community, who will be invited as guests amid the coronavirus pandemic along with 14,500 ticketed fans. "These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," Goodell said. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a statement about the decision:"Florida is proud to host Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to crown the champion of an unprecedented NFL season. The teams that will appear in Super Bowl LV will be decided Sunday when the conference championship games take place.
MEPs ask if Scotland, Wales can rejoin Erasmus student program
       
LONDON — At least 145 MEPs are pressing the European Commission for a fix that allows Scotland and Wales to rejoin the bloc’s Erasmus+ mobility scheme. The letter asks the Commission to meet the Scottish and Welsh governments to discuss policy options. The U.K. government plans to replace its involvement in Erasmus with the Turing scheme, which is expected to launch in September with an initial £100 million in funding. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman insisted Friday the U.K. scheme will be tailored to Britain’s needs, with a focus on social mobility. But critics point to the fact that Turing does not cover the costs of incoming students from the EU.
Biden's February global actions revealed
       
Biden's February global actions revealedSend your tips and thoughts to [email protected]TURNING HEADSPUTIN’S PERSONAL PALACE: Alexei Navalny, the recently jailed Russian opposition leader, isn’t waiting for a Western rescue . British diplomats are bragging that Biden’s first foreign trip will likely be to the U.K. for a Jun. COVAX will likely distribute the first of two billion vaccine doses to developing countries only in February. It’s not politically viable for most governments to send vaccine doses abroad if they haven’t vaccinated their own vulnerable population. Oxfam’s “vaccine inequality report” pointed out that the world’s 10 richest people could, using their 2020 wealth increase alone, fund vaccine doses for every living person.
'My Wine Bills Have Gone Down.' How Joan Didion Is Weathering the Pandemic
       
Dissections of her politics aside, Didion will forever be a certain type of person’s idea of a deity—the literary, the cool. I don’t know. I don’t know that there’s anything to say. I don’t know that I’m good at either. I don’t know that I am one.
Here's How It Really Feels After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
       
“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was trembling,” she said of the moment, sometime around 4 a.m., she saw she could sign up for a vaccine dose. What the COVID-19 vaccine physically feels likeSo far, most people who’ve received the vaccine report mild to moderate side effects. Candidates for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trials experienced stronger side effects after their second dose compared to their first. For Andrew Geller, a 37-year-old dentist in Bronxville, New York, his first vaccine dose came with more than a little tenderness. Other feelings to expect after getting the immunizationsOf course, the feelings attached to getting the vaccine are not just physical; many people report experiences of emotional release and relief.
Texas doctor accused of stealing vial of Covid-19 vaccine
       
A Texas doctor was charged Thursday with stealing a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to prosecutors. Dr. Hasan Gokal faces a charge of theft by a public servant after authorities said he stole a vial containing nine doses, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. The alleged incident occurred Dec. 29, when he worked at a vaccination site in Humble, about 20 miles north of Houston. Gokal was fired after a coworker he confided in reported him to supervisors, according to the office. A spokesperson for the Harris County Public Health Department said in an email that the agency "took immediate action upon learning of improper handling of vaccines, to include alerting authorities."
Russian opposition leader is in extreme danger, says writer
       
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Russia from Germany on January 17, and he was taken into police custody. Writers Julia Ioffe and Masha Gessen discuss Navalny, his arrest and his recent expose on Vladimir Putin.
Yellen clears Senate committee, heads for final vote to be Treasury secretary
       
“The pandemic has caused widespread devastation,” she told the committee earlier this week at her nomination hearing. Yellen said she plans to start a new Treasury “hub” that would examine financial system risks arising from climate change and on related tax policy incentives. In written answers to senators released Thursday, Yellen also endorsed the idea of a higher minimum wage. “Raising the minimum wage will lift tens of millions of Americans out of poverty while expanding access to opportunity for countless small businesses nationwide,” she wrote. “It matters how it’s implemented, and the President’s minimum wage will be phased in over time, giving small businesses plenty of time to adapt.”
Biden increases food aid payments to low-income families with children
       
Many states have not even sent USDA their plans for approval, which means the aid will be even further delayed. What's new: This school year, households are eligible to receive up to $5.86 per child per day of school missed. It's not clear whether the increase will be applied to the many months of benefits that are owed to most families that are eligible. "The announcement today provides more food dollars directly to food insecure kids living in low-income households who are missing critical meals due to school closures." The current plan "is out of date with the economic realities most struggling households face when trying to buy and prepare healthy food," according to the department.
Pennsylvania father charged in accidental shooting death of his 9-year-old daughter
       
A man is facing multiple charges after Philadelphia police said his 9-year-old daughter was fatally shot with his firearm by a 5-year-old cousin. "Medics arrived on location and transported the victim to Temple University Hospital where the child was listed in critical condition." Authorities have charged Blake Davis, the 39-year-old father of the girl, with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and reckless endangerment. Davis was not home at the time at the time of the shooting, police told NBC News Philadelphia. The news station reported a child met officers at the door and told them the girl had been shot.
Schumer announces article of impeachment against Trump will be delivered to Senate on Monday
       
Sen. Chuck Schumer announced on the Senate floor that the House of Representatives will submit the article of impeachment against former President Trump on Monday and the Senate will then hold a trial.
Honduran lawmakers vote to lock in bans on abortion, same-sex marriage
       
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Members of the Honduran Congress voted on Thursday to amend the constitution making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers double down on socially conservative priorities. With 88 legislators in favor, 28 opposed and seven abstentions, the proposal will still need a second vote in the unicameral legislature next year before it is enacted. Currently, all constitutional changes require a two-thirds majority vote of the 128-member body. “This legislation permanently condemns pregnant women or pregnant girls who have been raped or risk dying due to health reasons,” said Merary Mendoza, a researcher with the Honduran women’s studies center CEMH. Kevihn Ramos, the head of a gay rights advocacy group in Honduras, blasted the lawmakers who voted to make it harder to change the two constitutional articles.
Trump may have made one thing 'great' after all: the Democratic Party
       
But there is one thing Trump made "great again" with his four years in the White House: the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party controls the White House, the House and, because of the two remarkable wins in the Georgia Senate runoffs this month, effectively the Senate. Plus the Democratic Party was able to flip hundreds of state legislative seats on its way to gaining control of numerous state legislative chambers. But the Democratic Party's success over the past four years wasn't won just by people voting against Trump and calling it a day. But now comes the challenging part for Democrats: keeping people active so the Democratic Party truly can be great.
Mexican president confirms witness implicated soldiers in kidnapping of 43 college students
       
MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed on Thursday that a witness implicated soldiers in the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero that rocked the country. The attack on the trainees from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College on Sept. 26, 2014 sparked widespread protests across the country. Evidence was sown at a rubbish dump, the witness said, to support a narrative being pushed by the federal government at the time. The witness’ testimony is included in the attorney general office’s investigation of the case. Lawyers for the student’s relatives expressed concern the investigation could be compromised by the leak of witness testimony.
Senate to receive Trump impeachment article Monday, Senate trial could begin next week
       
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit to the Senate on Monday an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday. The transmission will trigger preparations for a trial that could start as early as next week, but Senate leaders indicated it may be delayed to allow Trump to organize his defense. "Make no mistake: A trial will be held in the United States Senate, and there will be a vote whether to convict the president," Schumer, a New York Democrat, said. If convicted, the Senate is also expected to vote on whether to bar Trump from holding office again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump is owed a "full and fair process where the former president can mount a defense."
D.C. public school teacher denied paid leave after stillbirth
       
O’Donnell, 30, gave birth to Aaliyah Janice four days later, holding her for about an hour as she admired how much black hair her daughter had, soaked in the features that reflected her partner’s more than her own and reaffirmed her love to the child she won’t see grow up. The 48-hour labor was difficult, O’Donnell said, and she lost a 1½ liters of blood. The epidural aggravated existing scar tissue, leaving her in constant pain.
Yene Damtew did Michelle Obama’s inauguration hair
       
But Obama’s hair was about more than just serving a look. It was celebratory, “showing out” hair — a stark contrast not just to the modest bun Obama wore at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony four years ago, but to the scenes at the Capitol earlier this month. During an inauguration ceremony that needed to acknowledge the deep divisions that remain in this country, as well as the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to the coronavirus in the United States, being able to gush over a coat or a blowout felt like a brief respite.
Sorry, but Philip Rivers is not a Hall of Fame quarterback
       
Nine of ESPN’s football writers, including Dan Graziano and Field Yates, believe Rivers is a hall of fame quarterback. Let’s start by saying Rivers is certainly in the Hall of Fame conversation, particularly as it pertains to a common barometer. According to Pro Football Reference’s Hall of Fame Monitor, a metric designed to estimate a player’s chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame using approximate value, Pro Bowls, all-pros, championships and various stat milestones, Rivers is statistically as good as an average Hall of Fame quarterback. In comparison, if Rivers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, those two should warrant serious consideration. So, how did Rivers accumulate so many passing yards if he isn’t a Hall of Fame quarterback?
Aaron Rodgers will face Tom Brady having gone from chippy to chill
       
But on Sunday, he gets to play at Lambeau Field for the first time in five NFC title game appearances. ADLast week, Brady vs. Brees turned out to be a defensive battle and not an antique quarterback showcase. Now in the NFC, Brady has added a preposterous 14th title game appearance to his résumé. Over nearly three decades, they have made the playoffs 21 times under Favre and Rodgers and won two Super Bowls. But in eight fewer seasons, Brady and his teams dwarf all the winning the Packers have done under Favre and Rodgers.
Maryland Senate President Miller lies in state Friday in Annapolis
       
Larry Hogan (R), a longtime friend who had known Miller since he was a child; Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County). ADADOn Friday, members of the Maryland congressional delegation, former governors, elected officials and former staffers are expected to stream through the State House to pay their final respects. At midday, Hogan will offer a tribute during a Senate session dedicated to Miller. ADMiller remained in office for nearly two years after his cancer diagnosis, though he stepped down as Senate president last year. He resigned his Senate seat on Dec. 23, saying his health was failing and he no longer had the strength to serve.
Opinion | Technology made the pandemic bearable. It’s also behind our national crackup.
       
One way lies the potential for national healing, the other a continuation of our national crackup. To be sure, Zoom, smartphones and social media have allowed many to remain healthy, sane, employed and somewhat connected during the covid-19 pandemic. But these nine months of tech dependency have also accelerated a less-welcome process long underway: the atrophy of our friend-making muscles. ADADAccording to the philosopher Aristotle, friendship is natural for us — we are made for human relationship and unlikely to flourish without it. The good news is that these problems are not just national — they are partially local.
Opinion | Biden’s approach to covid-19: Flood the zone
       
The administration released another flurry of executive orders in addition to a nearly 200-page plan for addressing the pandemic. ADADThe shift in governance was evident at the White House news briefing, which lasted for more than an hour and included extended remarks from Anthony S. Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser. Just say you don’t know the answer.” Fauci said just that when asked to extrapolate about how far along we would be if Biden’s plan had been adopted earlier. The irony is that “I don’t know” is among the best answers a press secretary can give. The bottom line is that for all the activity and information, the administration ultimately will be judged on what it does.
Opinion | Amanda Gorman reminds us that poetry is not a luxury
       
Gorman spoke her commanding truth to all that power — that healing the wounds of the past should become part of the American identity. In a coronavirus-stricken country starved for celebration and ritual, it felt so good to applaud Gorman and all she represented. The purifying power of poetry has existed as long as humans have wielded words. Biden’s inaugural words about unity and coming together were good and helpful and presidential. Gorman and her generation simply cannot afford the luxury of designer political rhetoric accompanied by empty actions.